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Law change to allow some bereaved partners to receive compensation

Important update for cohabiting couples following a bereavement A claim for compensation is rarely at the forefront of a person’s mind following the death of a friend, partner or relative. However, if a legal claim is to be brought, it can include a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate...

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Compensation obtained for delay in diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Negotiations took place and settlement was reached in the sum of £10,000 Ms N first attended the gynaecology clinic in April 2015 with a three month history of lower abdominal pain and dysuria. An ultrasound scan noted that the right ovary contained a cyst. By June 2016 the Claimant had...

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Clarke Willmott successfully claim compensation for clinical negligence following cosmetic procedure

Damages obtained for client left with permanent scarring to her nose On 28 October 2019 Mrs K saw the Defendant. She had been treated by him previously in 2011 for spots around her mouth and then in February 2016 for spots on her nose. The spots came back again on...

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Prevention is indeed better than cure…

The Public Policy Research think tank, IPPR, has published a timely report (coming ahead of APIL’s Injury Prevention Week) calling for the UK Government to act on the renewed focus on public health to inform the public on the role of injury prevention in public heath, both physical and mental,...

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Do your part to help everyone stay safe | Injury prevention week 2020

According to Government figures published in September 2019, there were 122,635 road traffic accidents in Great Britain the previous year, of which a staggering 24,836 involved fatal or serious injuries. The World Health Organization reports that approximately 1.35 million people die worldwide each year as a result of road traffic...

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Let’s be careful out there | Injury prevention week 2020

Be prepared for the unexpected Today marks the start of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) “Injury Prevention Week” Those of us who represent the seriously injured and the bereaved see all too often the devastation and heartbreak that being involved in an accident can bring. No one should...

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A bold vision for cycling and walking: vulnerable road users to be protected

You don’t need statistics to know that cyclists and pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable people using the roads. If you did want any proof, recent reports showing an annual increase on average of 1% per year since 2010 in pedestrian deaths, and that 83% of cyclist deaths are a...

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Why did the total value of NHS clinical negligence claims fall in 2019/2020?

NHS Resolution’s annual report states that the total value of clinical negligence payments for 2019/20 had fallen from £2,359.9m in 2018/19 to £2,324.2m in 2019/20. Though a relatively small decrease of 1.5%, we would expect the total value of clinical negligence payments to increase year on year. So, what caused...

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Government funded scheme that compensates victims of violent crime to be reviewed

The Ministry of Justice has announced a review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme to determine whether the scheme remains fit for purpose. The government funded scheme exists to recognise the harm experienced by victims of violent crime in Great Britain, including sexual assault and domestic terror attacks, through compensation. A...

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Construction industry deaths on the rise

The number of deaths in the construction industry was higher than any other sector in the last financial year, new figures reveal. The Health & Safety Executive have released statistics which show that 40 people died in the construction industry in 2019/20, up from 30 the previous year. Whilst care...

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