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Birth Injuries Boy Wins £10 Million NHS Pay-Out

Published on: 20 November 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Birth Injuries Boy Wins £10 Million NHS Pay-Out

Lawyers representing a nine-year-old boy who was left catastrophically disabled due to oxygen starvation at birth have achieved a £10 million settlement of his case in what is one of the biggest every payouts by the NHS in a clinical negligence case.

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Court Stamps on Dishonest Personal Injury Claims

Published on: 11 November 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a decision hailed as significant step forward in the insurance industry’s efforts to discourage bogus or exaggerated personal injury claims, a mother who over-egged accident injuries in a bid for £750,000 compensation has been handed a three-month jail term for her contempt of court.

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Mother Who Exaggerated Injuries Facing Jail

Published on: 05 November 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Mother Who Exaggerated Injuries Facing Jail

In a stern warning to those tempted to over-egg accident injuries in the dishonest pursuit of compensation, a mother of 13 who did just that in a bid to win £750,000 damages from a housing organisation is facing a prison sentence for her contempt of court.

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Injured Schoolboy Stripped of Compensation

Published on: 16 October 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell

Injured Schoolboy Stripped of Compensation

In a bitter reminder that ‘freak’ accidents are often no-one’s fault, the Court of Appeal has stripped a schoolboy of the damages he was awarded after cutting his thumb on a playground water fountain whilst trying to land a punch on his younger brother.

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Court Shows No Sympathy for Whiplash Claim Fraudster

Published on: 09 October 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell

Whiplash claims have a very chequered history, with a significant proportion thought to be fraudulent. Most, however, are made as a result of an accident.

A recent criminal case dealt with a whiplash claim made by a person who maintained that he was a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident. A payment of £33,000 was made, but a subsequent investigation showed that the crash had never happened.

The result for the claimant was a conviction for fraud and a prison sentence of 15 months – a term that was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

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Negligent Birth Boy, 7, Wins Millions from NHS

Published on: 03 October 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

The son of a leading Oxbridge scientist who suffered catastrophic brain damage due to a medical blunder during his traumatic birth at a London teaching hospital has won a multi-million-pound compensation package from the NHS.

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‘Happy and Sociable’ Birth Injuries Girl Wins £4.5 Million

Published on: 25 September 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

‘Happy and Sociable’ Birth Injuries Girl Wins £4.5 Million

Lawyers representing a ‘happy and sociable’ schoolgirl who suffered catastrophic brain injuries due to complications during her hospital birth have achieved a £4.5 million settlement of her compensation claim against the NHS.

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Tighter Controls on Whiplash Claims Proposed

Published on: 11 August 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Tighter Controls on Whiplash Claims Proposed

Despite Britain’s roads becoming safer, 2012/2013 recorded a record 477,000 claims for whiplash injuries, according to the Association of British Insurers.

The cost of these claims is estimated to add £90 to the premium of every motor insurance policy.

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Court Defines Limits on Employers’ Vicarious Liability

Published on: 06 August 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Court Defines Limits on Employers’ Vicarious Liability

In a decision which helps to define the limits of employers’ vicarious liability for the culpable actions of their staff, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a police Chief Constable could not be held responsible in law for a campaign of harassment allegedly carried out by one of his officers.

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How to Identify a Company’s Domicile? – Sign Post Ruling

Published on: 25 July 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

How to Identify a Company’s Domicile? – Sign Post Ruling

In a ruling which gives useful guidance on how to identify a company’s country of domicile, the High Court has refused to entertain personal injury claims by more than 1,000 gold mine workers against a company registered in South Africa.

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Poolside Fall Compensation Agreed

Published on: 22 July 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Poolside Fall Compensation Agreed

A woman hinjured on a Club 18-30 holiday has received a settlement for the foot injury she sustained as a result of tripping on a step near the swimming pool at her hotel.

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Insurers Cracking Down on ‘Cash-for-Crash’ Fraud

Published on: 15 July 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Insurers Cracking Down on ‘Cash-for-Crash’ Fraud

In a telling sign of the insurance industry’s toughening stance on ubiquitous ‘cash-for-crash’ frauds, a taxi driver who alleged that he had been badly injured in a road accident will go without a penny in compensation after a judge found that he was implicated in a dishonest conspiracy.

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Coach Stop Hip Accident Settlement

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

Coach Stop Hip Accident Settlement

A pensioner whose hip was shattered during a stop on a coach trip to Blackpool has won £150,000 in compensation.

The accident happened in 2010, when the woman, who is in her 70s, was going through a revolving door at a shopping centre where the coach party had made a scheduled stop.

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New Payment Scheme for Mesothelioma Sufferers

Published on: 23 June 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

The Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament for the forthcoming year included the announcement of a Bill to establish a payment scheme for people diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of workplace exposure to asbestos where their former employer or the employer’s insurance company cannot be traced.

The scheme will be funded by a levy on insurance companies and will be open to anyone in the UK diagnosed with mesothelioma from 25 July 2012.

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Birth Delay Boy, Aged Six, Wins £3.8 Million NHS Pay-Out

Published on: 13 June 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Lawyers have succeeded in obtaining a £3.8 million compensation pay-out for a six-year-old boy whose brain was starved of oxygen due to a delay in his caesarean delivery at an NHS hospital.

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Birth Injuries Boy Wins £10 Million NHS Payout

Published on: 20 November 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Birth Injuries Boy Wins £10 Million NHS Payout

Lawyers representing a nine-year-old boy who was left catastrophically disabled due to oxygen starvation at birth have achieved a £10 million settlement of his case in what is one of the biggest every payouts by the NHS in a clinical negligence case.

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Injured Holidaymaker Holds on to £19,200 Payout

Published on: 07 November 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a ruling of great significance to the UK travel industry, a tourist who suffered life-threatening cuts after walking into a plate glass door in her bikini whilst staying at a hotel in Barbados has fought off a travel company’s bid to strip her of her £19,200 damages award.

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Birth Injuries Girl, 11, Wins £8.1 Million from NHS

Published on: 20 October 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Birth Injuries Girl, 11, Wins £8.1 Million from NHS

Lawyers representing a brave11-year-old girl, who was left facing a lifetime of acute disability by a negligent delay in her delivery at an NHS hospital, have achieved an £8.1 million settlement of her claim, enough to fund the lifetime of care that she will need.

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Driver Who Could Not Avoid Crash Not Liable

Published on: 10 October 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

When a 14-year-old cyclist brought a claim against the driver who hit him and rendered him tetraplegic, a substantial settlement may have been foreseen, despite the fact that the driver was uninsured.

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Road Accident Father Wins £6.1 Million Lump Sum

Published on: 07 October 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

A father who suffered devastating injuries in a running down accident has won a £6.1 million compensation pay-out from motor insurers. The once supremely fit scaffolder was aged just 21 when he was knocked down by a car, leaving him wheelchair-dependent, prone to epilepsy and in need of round-the-clock care.

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NHS Pays £400,000 for Ectopic Pregnancy Tragedy

Published on: 30 September 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

NHS Pays £400,000 for Ectopic Pregnancy Tragedy

Although no amount of money can ever fully compensate for the worst personal tragedies, lawyers representing the bereaved family of a pregnant mother, who died after she was twice sent home from a hospital accident and emergency department without appropriate treatment, have achieved a £400,000 settlement of the claim.

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Courts Crack Down On ‘Cash for Crash’ Fraud

Published on: 23 September 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a powerful indication that the courts are prepared to take firm action to stamp out so called ‘cash for crash’ fraud, motor insurers have been granted permission to seek a jail term for a businessman accused of making a bogus six-figure claim in respect of a road accident that never happened.

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Victims of Fireworks Disaster Triumph in Compensation Claims

Published on: 06 August 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Victims of Fireworks Disaster Triumph in Compensation Claims

In a ruling which reveals that even the emergency services are not immune from civil damages claims, a fire and rescue service has been found negligent and liable to pay substantial damages in respect of deaths and injuries caused in a devastating fire and explosion at a fireworks factory.

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Catastrophically Injured Cyclist Wins £5.3 Million

Published on: 31 July 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Lawyers representing a young cyclist who staged a ‘truly remarkable’ recovery from catastrophic injuries suffered when he was knocked off his trail bike by a teenage motorist have achieved an ‘outstanding’ settlement of his case worth almost £5.3 million.

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Car Auction Business Must Pay Noise Nuisance Damages

Published on: 23 July 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Car Auction Business Must Pay Noise Nuisance Damages

In a stern warning to businesses that they must respect the sensibilities of residential neighbours, a couple who were awarded damages in respect of noise nuisance emanating from adjoining premises occupied by a car auction company have had their pay-out confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

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Employers Not To Blame for Cashier’s Armed Robbery Trauma

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

In giving guidance on the appropriate level of protection employers must give their staff against the risk of violent crime, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a betting shop cashier who was traumatised during the course of an armed robbery should not have been awarded £9,000 compensation.

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Worker Told to Clear Her Desk Can Mount Personal Injury Claim

Published on: 15 July 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Worker Told to Clear Her Desk Can Mount Personal Injury Claim

In an important decision which involved re-consideration of the long-standing limits on employees recovering damages for losses arising from the manner of their dismissal, a former primary school secretary who says that she was ordered to clear her desk and 'paraded' off the premises in front of pupils and parents has won the right to pursue a damages claim in respect of her alleged psychiatric injuries.

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Erb’s Palsy Boy, 11, wins £462,500 from NHS

Published on: 26 June 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Erb’s Palsy Boy, 11, wins £462,500 from NHS

Lawyers representing a ‘courageous’ schoolboy who was left with a paralysed right arm due to nerve damage suffered during his hospital birth have achieved a £462,500 settlement of his claim against an NHS trust.

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Sign-Post Ruling on Human Rights Act Compensation Claims

Published on: 20 June 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Sign-Post Ruling on Human Rights Act Compensation Claims

In a sign-post ruling which gives useful guidance in respect of compensation claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), a young man (the claimant) who sued a local authority (the defendant) after he was beaten up and catastrophically injured by a 'rampaging' child in care has failed in a £1.6 million damages claim.

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Playground Asbestos Exposure Claim Dismissed

Published on: 13 June 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Playground Asbestos Exposure Claim Dismissed

In a stark illustration of the difficulties faced in establishing liability in asbestos cases so many years after an alleged causative event, a middle-aged woman who was said to have contracted mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos in a primary school playground when she was aged 10 has had her compensation hopes dashed.

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