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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Worboys, Police failings, and Private Law rights

The revolution will not be televised. Worboys needs no introduction.  He was a grand-scale sexual predator.  A sophisticated deceiver.  A man who perpetrated evil against women over many years.   That much has been televised. A secondary story at the heart of Worboys malignity, is a genuine revolution, not a tabloid...

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Whose fault is it anyway?

Someone must be to blame.  Surely. Motorway pile up: death of a passenger.   Meat-cutting saw on rampage: serious head injuries.  Forklift truck crushing driver: amputated leg.  Fatal undiagnosed pulmonary embolism. You’re starting point is: something went badly wrong, someone must be to blame. You’re probably right, but when you apply...

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Right to know

How can you consent when you have no knowledge?   You may imagine this seems obvious.  So obvious it doesn’t need to be explained.     But it wasn’t always like this. Consent, knowledge, making informed choices, has shifted into the foreground of medical treatment.   But even now the law’s interpretation of consent...

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What value injury?

No one can put a financial value on broken bones, nightmares, surgery, death. No one. Except there is no choice. We have to. That’s what Courts, and lawyers, do. Clients, Claimants, non-clients, non-Claimants, alike, everyone, starts by telling me you can’t put a price on parts of a damaged body,...

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Family Law

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Medical Emergencies And Rights Of Families

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