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High-Achieving Deaf Boy Wins Six-Figure NHS Payout

Published on: 02 April 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

A six-year-old boy, who was left permanently deaf by sub-standard care he received in an NHS hospital in the days after his birth, has received hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation after his lawyers achieved a settlement of his claim.

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Widow Due Big Payout for Portuguese Road Tragedy

Published on: 01 April 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

A widow who suffered catastrophic injuries and whose husband died when they were knocked down by a negligent Portuguese driver whilst on a family holiday has been awarded the right to very substantial compensation by the High Court.

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Judge Cracks Down on Bogus Whiplash Claims

Published on: 26 March 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a telling reminder that the courts are on the alert to detect bogus whiplash claims, two immigration officers who saw a 'trivial' road shunt as an opportunity to seek substantial damages have been condemned as liars by a High Court judge.

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Top Journalist Seeks Cycle Crash Damages

Published on: 18 March 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Top Journalist Seeks Cycle Crash Damages

An award-winning journalist who was catastrophically injured when he was knocked from his bicycle by a London police car is suing the country's biggest force for millions of pounds damages. Donald MacLeod, 63, was The Guardian’s education editor before the life-changing accident ended his career in May 2010.

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Woman Seeks Compensation for Chronic Post-Operative Pain

Published on: 13 March 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Woman Seeks Compensation for Chronic Post-Operative Pain

The Court of Appeal has cut through a ‘procedural muddle’ and breathed new life into a substantial damages claim brought by a woman who alleges that her life has been blighted by constant pain since she underwent a hysterectomy at an NHS hospital.

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Millions Claimed Over Top QC’s Death in Egypt

Published on: 24 February 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a case which raised issues of importance to any foreign traveller – as well as to corporate lawyers – the High Court has accepted jurisdiction to hear a multi-million-pound damages claim brought by the widow of one of Britain’s top legal brains, who died when a limousine crashed during a family holiday to Egypt.

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Pensioner Crushed Under Policeman Receives Only Sympathy

Published on: 10 February 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Pensioner Crushed Under Policeman Receives Only Sympathy

In a case which helps to define the difficult balance to be struck between the rights of the individual and the public interest in effective policing, a frail pensioner, who was badly injured when crushed beneath a burly police officer who was pursuing a suspect, has had her compensation hopes dashed by the Court of Appeal.

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Dog Incident Boy Stripped of £500,000 Award

Published on: 03 February 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In an important decision that gives authoritative guidance on the definition of ‘violent crime’ within the context of criminal injuries compensation, a young man who was awarded almost £500,000 after he was chased under a car by a snapping dog has been stripped of the payout by the Court of Appeal.

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Girl Injected With Glue Wins Multi-Million Damages

Published on: 29 January 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Girl Injected With Glue Wins Multi-Million Damages

Lawyers representing a girl whose brain was accidentally injected with glue during treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital have achieved a multi-million-pound settlement of her damages claim against the NHS.

Despite having a rare medical condition that involved arteries and veins getting tangled, Maisha Najeeb was a healthy 10-year-old until she went into hospital in June 2010.

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Mum’s Childbirth Death an ‘Unmitigated Catastrophe’

Published on: 28 January 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Mum’s Childbirth Death an ‘Unmitigated Catastrophe’

In a unique decision, the High Court has ruled that an NHS Trust which admitted full liability for a mother's tragic death in childbirth is nevertheless not obliged pay compensation to her gravely disabled son.

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Mumbai Terror Attack Victim Strikes Blow for UK Travellers

Published on: 18 December 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a decision with dramatic implications for UK travellers who are injured abroad, a British survivor of the Mumbai terror attacks has convinced the High Court that his fight for millions of pounds in compensation should be heard in England, rather than in India where his case could take more than 20 years to reach finality.

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Is your child in the right seat?

Author: Catherine Rosewell

Allow the use of wrong child car seat at your peril

Is your child in the right seat?

A child’s injuries could have been entirely or virtually entirely avoided or less severe if she had been secured in the correct child seat.  As a result in this instance -  the mother was ordered to pay a contribution to the child’s claim.

Artist Blinded by Meningitis Sues GP for £1 Million

Published on: 02 April 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

An artist who managed to carve out a successful career despite losing her sight due to a catastrophic bout of meningitis has launched a £1 million compensation bid against a GP who she claims negligently failed to diagnose her condition in time.

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Judge Praises Parents of Birth Injuries Girl Aged Six

Published on: 30 March 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

A High Court judge had moving words of sympathy for the parents of a six-year-old girl who was delivered severely disabled following complications during her birth as he paved the way for her to receive a multi-million-pound NHS compensation package.

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Crash Settlement at Gross Undervalue is Void

Published on: 20 March 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Crash Settlement at Gross Undervalue is Void

A catastrophically injured road accident victim who was mistakenly advised to settle her damages claim for just £12,500 could now be in line for more than £2 million after the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case that she lacked the mental capacity to sign up to the compromise, which therefore had no legal effect.

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Air Crash Investigation Reports Admissible in Civil Proceedings

Published on: 16 March 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Air Crash Investigation Reports Admissible in Civil Proceedings

In a ruling of crucial importance to victims of air traffic accidents, the mother and sister of an ex-Royal Marine who was killed whilst flying in an antique aircraft have convinced the Court of Appeal that they should be permitted to rely on an Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report in support of their damages claim.

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Attacked by an animal?

Author: Catherine Rosewell

Attacked by an animal?

For many people a dog is a trusted family pet and it is hard to imagine that it could cause harm to anyone.  However, when a dog or another animal lashes out at someone, the consequences may be devasting, and sometimes even tragic. 

Trauma Victim Wins £522,000 for Ambulance’s Late Arrival

Published on: 23 February 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Trauma Victim Wins £522,000 for Ambulance’s Late Arrival

A former exhibitions manager at the Natural History Museum has won more than £500,000 in damages from the London Ambulance Service after paramedics arrived 17 minutes late to tend her dislocated knee.

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National Trust Not to Blame for Tree Surgeon Tragedy

Published on: 11 February 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

National Trust Not to Blame for Tree Surgeon Tragedy

In a decision which underlined that it is not in every case that landowners assume legal responsibility for the safety of their contractors, a tree surgeon who was terribly injured in a 50-foot fall from a dying conker tree has received a judge's 'enormous sympathy' – but has failed in a multi-million-pound compensation claim against the National Trust.

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Rail Worker Noise Induced Deafness Compensated

Published on: 10 February 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Rail Worker Noise Induced Deafness Compensated

A former rail worker who suffers from hearing loss as a result of repeated exposure to excessive workplace noise over a period of years has won £8,500 in an out-of-court settlement.

The man began working for British Rail, at its Swindon works, in 1956 and was with the organisation until 1973.

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Is the Pedestrian always innocent?

Author: Veitch Penny LLP

Each case will be determined on it's facts

Is the Pedestrian always innocent?

Veitch Penny have acted for many pedestrians who have hit by vehicles as they cross the road. More often than not, the pedestrian has been able to claim compensation from the insurers of the driver.

 

But that is not always the case... 

Hit-and-Run Victim Wins Over £9 Million

Published on: 14 January 2014 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Lawyers representing a young man whose life was wrecked when he was knocked off his bicycle and dreadfully injured by a hit-and-run driver have achieved a settlement of his claim valued at more than £9 million to cover the enormous costs of the care he will need for the rest of his life.

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What happened to No Win No Fee?

Author: Catherine Rosewell

You still can make a claim

What happened to No Win No Fee?

We are sure you have seen the television adverts in the past advertising personal injury claims on a “no win no fee” and “100% compensation”. But, you may now be wondering why this has disappeared? What’s changed? Can you still claim?

Court Guidance on Health and Safety at Social Events

Published on: 09 December 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In an important ruling which gives guidance on health and safety requirements at organised social events, a student who was left wheelchair-dependent after diving into a paddling pool during 'horseplay' at a drama college summer ball has had his compensation hopes dashed by the High Court.

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