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Full and fair compensation in personal injury claims?

Lord Chancellor changes the discount rate If you are the victim of a life changing accident which was at least in part someone else’s fault, or if you sustain injuries as a result of medical negligence, the law in the UK has long provided that you can be compensated financially....

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Hospitals are failing 25% of patients with sepsis

An epidemic which continues to raise concerns Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, sepsis (septicemia) can be a totally devastating condition, but can also be easily treated if identified promptly. It was therefore very sad to read this morning that an article by the BBC has warned that hospitals are failing to...

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Prosthetic limbs after amputation

Redressing a global imbalance? There can be no doubt that over the last few years the technology associated with prosthetic limbs has improved exponentially, and has massively increased function, independence and activity for people with lower limb amputations. In the UK, prosthetic limbs are now available which have the best...

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Advances in treatment and rehabilitation in the UK

“It is a privilege to work closely with eminent surgeons in the field of trauma” Lee Hart, Head of the Serious Injury team, recently attended two conferences in the field of amputation and rehabilitation with a view to developing his knowledge and expertise, to ensure that our clients have access...

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Mandatory milk contracts

An end to unfair contract terms? Recent press coverage has focused on the possible future regulation of certain aspects of the dairy industry and the pros and cons of establishing a regime of mandatory dairy contracts. Opinion is divided, with farming unions and the Groceries Code Adjudicator on one side...

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Why use a professional to administer an estate?

“the burden of form filling is like a tax in itself” An average of 570,000 people die each year and a number of them will leave assets that require administration before they can be transferred to the deceased’s beneficiaries. If you are the executor of an estate you may feel that...

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What price parenthood?

The value we place on a family In an article published in this quarter’s issue of the Journal of Personal Injury Law, Chris Thorne, Head of the Clinical Negligence team, with a special interest in infertility and IVF issues, returns to issue of shortcomings in the law relating to the...

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Clarke Willmott host South West Acquired Brain Injury Group

Action for brain injury week As part of action for brain injury week, our serious injury and clinical negligence team hosted an informative session with the South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) at our Taunton office. We heard from Jackie Burt, Chair of the Brain Injury Social Work Group,...

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The Queen of Soul and the dangers of homemade Wills

Saving money now could cost a small fortune in the future The sad demise of famous entertainers often seems to give rise to family arguments, and disputes over the estate’s assets are not uncommon. In recent years we have seen this played out in the estates of Michael Jackson, George...

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Cohabitants to be entitled to recover bereavement damages

The Ministry of Justice proposes change to legislation to allow cohabiting couples to recover bereavement damages Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (FAA), where a death has occurred as a result of negligence, the action can include a claim for bereavement damages. This is a statutory award of damages, currently...

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