This case related to an accident which occurred near the A14 in Suffolk. My client was injured in a collision caused by another driver’s negligence. Expert evidence was obtained from a GP and then Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and, upon review of a post-accident MRI scan, it was confirmed that the claimant’s accident-related injuries would last for at […]Read More Injured driver recovers 380% more than insurer’s first compensation offer
Making a claim is enforcing a constitutional right to access the justice system and, if your claim is meritorious, it should succeed – you should feel proud and privileged to live in a society where this is the caseRead More People, know your enemy
The Queens Speech included a pledge by the government to crack on with the previous proposals to ‘tackle the compensation culture’ by bringing in whiplash reforms under a Civil Liability Bill. This has been to the delight of the insurers. What the reforms will do: Road accident victims suffering whiplash a) Prevent accident victims who suffer whiplash […]Read More The ‘whiplash’ reforms will injure us all
What personal injury reforms might look like on the other foot – if reform was focused on the best interests of genuine claimants rather than defendant insurers…Read More Personal Injury reforms in a parallel (park) universe…
Whiplash claims have fallen year on year, Insurers have saved £2 billion since 2012 reforms and yet they use increased motor premiums to get further cuts to ALL injury claims. Your motor premiums will continue to increase but you’ll no longer be able to claim proper compensation if injured in an accidentRead More ‘Whiplash pandemic’ being used to end access to justice for millions
It didn’t take too long for me to collate the information in the below table which confirms that compensation claims relating to road traffic accidents have decreased with nearly 60,000 less claims being made in 2016 than in 2011. Furthermore, 96% of those claims registered have been successful (with settlements paid to the claimant). Therefore, this data (recorded […]Read More Is there a compensation culture and does it fuel increasing motor insurance premiums?
As it is a principle of the rule of law, I thought I’d take a BRIEF look at the respective positions of the typical claimant and defendant in personal injury claims (from cause of action to trial) and whether or not the justice system is well balanced to ensure that the parties benefit from equality before […]Read More Is there ‘Equality Before the Law’ in injury claims?
For as long as I have been practising, there has been a stigma attached to personal injury claims. WHY? The companies and organisations that are responsible for paying out damages to injured claimants who succeed with their claims are made up of insurance companies, local authorities and the NHS. In other words, the very large and influential […]Read More Disspelling the (insurer) myths of personal injury claims
The Government’s spending review in November 2015 saw George Osborne announce a rise in the small claims limit for personal injury cases from £1,000 to £5,000. Currently in the small claims court, each party pays their own legal costs, regardless of outcome. A successful claimant cannot recover any solicitor costs from the defendant if […]Read More Access (to Justice) Denied!