The 64-page guide for litigants in person bringing ‘simple’ whiplash claims – Legal Futures

‘A 64-page users’ guide aimed at litigants in person who have to navigate the “straightforward” Official Injury Claim (OIC) portal for whiplash claims was published yesterday.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 30th April 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Defendant can resile from part 36 offer accepted before protected party’s death – Litigation Futures

‘It would be unjust for a defendant to be bound by the acceptance of a six-year-old part 36 offer on behalf of a protected party just hours before their death, the High Court has indicated.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 22nd April 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Defendant contests Part 36 offer accepted on the day claimant died – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 22nd, 2021 in delay, news, part 36 offers, personal injuries by sally

‘A High Court judge has suggested it would be “unjust” for a defendant to be held to a six-year-old Part 36 offer accepted hours before the claimant died.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 21st April 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Proving The Driver Isn’t Always At Fault – Old Square Chambers

‘Caroline Hall of DAC Beachcroft provides this case summary (via the DAC Beachcroft website) in the case of Vincent v Walker [2021] EWHC 536 (QB). Caroline, instructed by Mike Green at Zurich Insurance on behalf of the defendant driver successfully defended a claim brought by an injured pedestrian.’

Full Story

Old Square Chambers, 23rd March 2021

Source: oldsquare.co.uk

Eight things you need to know: Personal Injury damages in divorce cases – Family Law

Posted April 16th, 2021 in damages, divorce, families, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The “pre-acquired” or “non-matrimonial” argument is one which has taken up much commentary in family law circles over recent years. However, the conundrum can be even more challenging when considering personal injury damages that one party may have received in order to meet their specific needs arising from an accident or injury.’

Full Story

Family Law, 16th April 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The New SCT RTA Protocol & Whiplash Regulations – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted April 9th, 2021 in accidents, chambers articles, compensation, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Details of the new SCT RTA Protocol[1] (“the Protocol”) which sits alongside the new whiplash tariff, as set out in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 (“the Whiplash Regulations”) were announced at the end of February. They will come into force, alongside the accompanying changes to the Civil Procedure Rules, on 31 May 2021.’

Full Story

12 King's Bench Walk, 3rd March 2021

Source: www.12kbw.co.uk

Court of Appeal urges Part 36 clarity after rejecting ‘not genuine’ offer – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 7th, 2021 in appeals, causation, costs, damages, news, part 36 offers, personal injuries by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has sent a firm message to litigators about the details required in a Part 36 after ruling that a claimant’s offer to settle at 90% was not genuine.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 7th April 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘Informed consent’ fees dispute set for Court of Appeal showdown – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Afees dispute in a personal injury claim with the potential to affect thousands of similar cases is set to be contested in the Court of Appeal.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 24th March 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Trial delays continue to lengthen across civil courts – Litigation Futures

‘Delays in cases going through the civil court continue to spiral upwards, with the whiplash reforms set to increase pressure on the small claims court even further in the coming months.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 23rd March 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Woman jailed for wildly exaggerated clinical negligence claim – Litigation Futures

Posted March 18th, 2021 in contempt of court, damages, negligence, news, personal injuries, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who duped her lawyers as she wildly exaggerated a clinical negligence claim, seeking damages of £5.7m instead of the £350,000 her case was worth, has been jailed for contempt of court.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 18th March 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Pondering the Imponderables: Future Loss of Earnings Claims Post-COVID – Ropewalk Personal Injury Blog

Posted March 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, coronavirus, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The significant uncertainties in the economy and the employment market caused by the pandemic may lead to an upsurge in defendants arguing that damages for future loss of earnings should be assessed by way of a Blamire and/or a Smith v Manchester award rather than using the multiplier/multiplicand method. It could be contended that, applying the pre-COVID guidance, the extraordinary nature of those uncertainties creates too many imponderables for assessment using the standard multiplier/multiplicand basis. Conversely, the same uncertainties may make it easier for claimants to obtain Smith v Manchester awards and in higher amounts than before.’

Full Story

Ropewalk Personal Injury Blog, 3rd March 2021

Source: www.ropewalk.co.uk

The New SCT RTA Protocol & Whiplash Regulations – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘Details of the new SCT RTA Protocol[1] (“the Protocol”) which sits alongside the new whiplash tariff, as set out in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 (“the Whiplash Regulations”) were announced at the end of February. They will come into force, alongside the accompanying changes to the Civil Procedure Rules, on 31 May 2021.’

Full Story

12 King's Bench Walk, 3rd March 2021

Source: www.12kbw.co.uk

A lesson in how not to write a Pre-Action Protocol (or change the CPR more generally) – No. 5 Chambers

‘If you are unlucky enough to have a car crash after 31 May 2021 and suffer whiplash injuries, you will face a very different approach to the valuation of and means of obtaining your damages. The new tariff regulations – The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 – will reduce general damages significantly, from the potential £4,080 for a 12-month whiplash injury under the Judicial College Guidelines to a fixed £1,320 under the tariff scheme.’

Full Story

No. 5 Chambers, 1st March 2021

Source: www.no5.com

Cauda Equina Syndrome and Referrals for Investigations: High Court Rejects Claim for Delayed Scan – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

‘In Jarman v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 323 (QB), the Claimant brought a claim against the Defendant hospital for failing to promptly diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome (“CES”).’

Full Story

Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 25th February 2021

Source: www.ropewalk.co.uk

Injured off-road victims ‘sacrificed at hands of Brexit’, say lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in agriculture, brexit, insurance, motorcycles, news, personal injuries, sport by sally

‘Personal injury lawyers have warned that the UK government’s decision to ditch a European ruling on private land vehicles risks sacrificing the rights of injured people “in the name of Brexit”.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government reveals long-awaited whiplash rules and tariffs – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has confirmed that legislation paving the way for whiplash reforms will come into force from 31 May. Newly-published draft statutory instruments have also finally indicated the tariff levels at which damages will be set for soft tissue injuries suffered in road traffic accidents.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 26th February 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

British Gymnastics faces group-claim lawsuit from 17 alleging abuse – The Guardian

‘British Gymnastics is facing an unprecedented group-claim lawsuit from 17 former gymnasts, who allege there was widespread physical and psychological abuse deployed by coaches on children as young as six as part of a “win at all costs” mentality in the sport.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 26th February 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Brint v BHR UHNT: Misleading, Wholly Unreliable and Inaccurate, but not Fundamentally Dishonest – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted February 25th, 2021 in evidence, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘In the clinical negligence case of Aileen Brint v Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 290 (QB), HHJ Platts dismissed the claim but declined to find the Claimant fundamentally dishonest. It is a reminder that significant unreliability does not necessarily equate to dishonesty, particularly where there is a complex psychological component.’

Full Story

Parklane Plowden Chambers, 23rd February 2021

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Okpabi & others v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has given judgment in a high-profile appeal which raises important issues regarding the proper approach to jurisdictional challenges and the potential liability of parent companies in respect of damage caused by their subsidiaries.’

Full Story

Blackstone Chambers, 12th February 2021

Source: www.blackstonechambers.com

Claimant cleared of dishonesty despite ‘wholly unreliable’ evidence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 18th, 2021 in evidence, hospitals, medical treatment, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected that a claimant suing a hospital was fundamentally dishonest – despite rejecting her evidence – because she believed she was telling the truth.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 17th February 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk