Cancer: missed or late diagnosis

GPs have a wide remit. Sometimes so wide they miss key signs or symptoms. With cancer, if your GP missed something, serious consequences result: reduced life expectancy, reduced treatment options, radicle surgery, unpleasant drug treatment, radiotherapy, uncertain outcomes. You or your family may feel that going to law is right...

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Litigation made easy

Google has made litigation seem to be an open book. Can it really be that difficult to bring a claim when the Ministry of Justice website has hundreds of standard forms, when the Civil Procedure Rules are on-line, when there are website portals giving you full access to your case?...

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When default judgement is less than meaningless

Some Court rules make a nonsense of fighting the good fight. And don’t insurance companies know it. Never will they back down, or concede, or acknowledge their own systemic failings. If the Court rules work for them, they’ll use them. It’s all part of the commercial world, isn’t it? The...

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When the police get it wrong

What happens when the police get it wrong? When the dust settles, can a claim be made, can you, the wronged person, get damages, get compensation? False arrest, malicious prosecution, assault, these are all causes of action against the police. Following the recent Warboys case, there is another cause of...

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The dead and the living

Do Police ID the dead using smartphone images We need to trust The Police. Sooner or later you or I will need to call 999. When the emergency happens we want to believe The Police will engage with us, will help make the crisis manageable. Emergencies are difficult. For everyone....

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Harley-Davidson recall – brake failure risk

On 6th March 2018, Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency launched a “concern” effecting 3050 motorcycles built by Harley-Davidson between 25th June 2006 and 13th December 2011. The “concern” is: “If the brake fluid has not been changed as per manufacturer’s instructions deposits may form which may affect the operation of...

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5 ways to lose a Personal Injury claim

Bang to rights!  Money’s practically in the bank.  Rear-end-shunt?  You can’t lose!  Insurance companies always pay! That’s how they sell it.  Two grand.  Three grand.  Easy money.  Just sign here. Think again. Unfortunately, in today’s Personal Injury claims world, bankable certainties aren’t quite as bankable, or certain, as they once...

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What are damages?

Damages means compensation.  Money paid to the value of a wrong. How damages are calculated I will explain in a moment.  Legal principles, guidance issued by Judges in cases, and guidance issued by a committee called the Judicial College, set the rules. But let’s face the fact: getting damages is...

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Starting a Clinical Negligence case

Patients don’t start out wanting to sue their doctors. You don’t come out of surgery raging against your surgeon. Clinical Negligence cases are not road traffic accidents. You don’t instantly blame the idiot on a mobile phone who rammed you. Clinical negligence cases are slow. Often, patients don’t realise something...

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What makes experts expert?

Infamously, Michael Gove declared, we Britons, “have had enough of experts”. That was Brexit. A soundbite that bought votes.  But maybe even the unpleasant gnomic Gove speaks the truth sometimes. Over 30 years of practise in the Personal Injury business I can say with certainty few clients ever – and...

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