Prisons and Courts Bill scrapped – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 21st, 2017 in bills, news, parliament, personal injuries, prisons by tracey

‘Legislation that would radically change the personal injury market and overhaul the courts has been dropped in the runup to the general election.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2017

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Compensation following fatal stabbing: Human rights and the CICA: “Double Recovery” not allowed – Zenith PI Blog

‘The decision of the Upper Tribunal in VG -v- CICA [2017] UKUT 0049 (AAC) is important reading for anyone involved in advising in fatal claims. In essence a High Court action was rendered valueless because the damages awarded were offset by the CICA. It shows the need to think long and hard before issuing civil proceedings when there may be an easier (and cheaper) alternative of an application under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 19th April 2017

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School compensation payouts include blindfold mishap and whiteboard accident – BBC News

Posted April 7th, 2017 in accidents, child abuse, compensation, news, personal injuries, school children by tracey

‘Pupil mishaps including a blindfolded child running into a goalpost and pupil hit by a cricket ball have cost schools £7m in three years, it has emerged. Figures obtained by the BBC reveal an apparent doubling in school payouts from £1.65m in 2014 to £3.45m in 2016.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2017

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Shaken Baby Syndrome – Six Pump Court

‘This note is intended to set out how medical opinion in relation to and the Court’s approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed.’

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Six Pump Court, 22nd March 2017

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Cloisters column: Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (whiplash) Claims Process – Government consultation and reform in the ‘post-truth’ age? – Cloisters

Posted April 6th, 2017 in compensation, consultations, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘In the 2015 autumn statement the then Chancellor announced proposals for whiplash claims and an increase to the small claims limit in personal injury actions. The Government has now published its Consultation response.’

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Cloisters, 30th March 2017

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Former top judge sounds alarm over “flawed and rushed” discount rate consultation – Litigation Futures

Posted April 6th, 2017 in consultations, damages, judges, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A former senior judge has expressed alarm at the way the government is rushing to “neutralise” the impact of the Lord Chancellor’s decision to cut the discount rate to -0.75%, based on what he says is a flawed consultation and without considering the effect on injured people.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th April 2017

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Law firms to be banned from touting for business in hospitals – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 3rd, 2017 in costs, hospitals, law firms, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Law firms will no longer be able to tout for business inside hospitals under plans unveiled by the NHS.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2017

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Julian Cole nightclub incident: Police officers face no criminal charges – BBC News

‘Five police officers will not face criminal charges over the way they dealt with a man who broke his neck outside a nightclub, the BBC has been told.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2019

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Lord Chancellor announces changes to personal injury compensation payments – Litigation Futures

Posted March 24th, 2017 in compensation, news, personal injuries by sally

‘On 27th February, Elizabeth Truss announced her decision to lower the Discount Rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75% in accordance with the law and in her capacity as independent Lord Chancellor.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd March 2017

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Master validates party’s defective delivery of part 36 withdrawal because of new discount rate – Litigation Futures

Posted March 24th, 2017 in news, part 36 offers, personal injuries, service by sally

‘A High Court master has allowed a party’s bid to withdraw a part 36 offer ahead of the new discount rate coming into force on Monday, even though they used a defective method to deliver it.

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Litigation Futures, 23rd March 2017

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Special Damages for Physiotherapy Costs: Rates Limited to the Charges of the Physiotherapist Offered by the Defendant’s Insurers – Zenith PI Blog

Posted March 23rd, 2017 in costs, damages, insurance, news, personal injuries, physiotherapists, rehabilitation by sally

‘On 22.3.17 I represented the Defendant’s insurers at a Stage 3 road traffic accident assessment of damages hearing before Deputy District Judge Lingard in the Leeds County Court, at which the rates of charge recoverable for physiotherapy treatment received by the Claimant were limited to the rates charged by the physiotherapist whose treatment was offered by the Defendant’s insurers.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 22nd March 2017

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Sisters sue London hotel where they suffered brutal hammer attack – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in duty of care, hotels, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Three sisters from the United Arab Emirates who were the victims of a brutal hammer attack while on a shopping trip to London are suing the hotel where it happened.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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“We’ve gone for moderate options to reform PI,” says justice minister – Legal Futures

Posted March 21st, 2017 in bills, compensation, damages, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by tracey

‘The increase in whiplash claims at a time of falling road traffic accidents and improving car safety means that “cases are obviously exaggerated to some extent, and perhaps fraudulent”, justice minister Sir Oliver Heald said yesterday as he defended the government’s “moderate” personal injury reform proposals during the second reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2017

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NHS trust triples injury payout to £9.3m under controversial new rules – The Guardian

‘The first case settled under controversial new compensation rules for serious injuries has seen an NHS trust forced to nearly triple its payout to a 10-year-old girl left with cerebral palsy from £3.8m to £9.3m.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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MPs launch inquiry into government’s personal injury reforms – Legal Futures

‘MPs on the justice select committee have launched a “short” inquiry into the personal injury reforms contained in the Prisons and Courts Bill. The announcement comes ahead of the bill’s second reading – during which the principles behind it will be debated – on Monday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th march 2017

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New evidence links 1970s pregnancy test drug to life-changing birth defects – The Independent

Posted March 20th, 2017 in compensation, documents, medicines, news, personal injuries, pregnancy, victims by tracey

‘New evidence has emerged linking the hormone-based drug Primodos to severe deformities or abnormalities in children, sparking fresh hope for families who have been campaigning for decades for compensation from its manufacturer.’

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The Independent, 19th March 2017

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Crash driver who took selfies with paralysed passenger jailed – The Guardian

‘A driver who paralysed his passenger in a car crash while “showing off” and then took selfies with him as he lay bloodied in the wreckage has been jailed.’

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The Guardian., 15th March 2017

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First date from hell: Woman’s admirer leaves her unconscious as he flees police after crashing BMW – Daily Telegraph

‘A woman’s first date ended with her being seriously injured when her admirer crashed his car into a tree while showing off to her before fleeing police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2017

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Church liability: fall from ladder – Law & Religion UK

‘On 3 March 2017, the Court of Appeal (Civil) Division handed down the judgment in Casson v Hudson & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 125 in relation to a claim for damages following a fall from a ladder during the painting of a church hall. The case highlights the potential liabilities faced by incumbents and PCCs in relation to persons undertaking work on premises for which they are responsible.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th March 2017

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Legal expenses insurers will pick up the baton as Ministry of Justice whiplash reforms reduce access to justice for many – Litigation Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in insurance, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘Leading legal expenses insurer DAS is predicting an increase in demand for motor legal expenses insurance (MLEI) as a result of the Ministry of Justice’s response to the proposed personal injury reforms announced last week.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st March 2017

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