Category Archive: Personal Injury

Assault Victim Misled by Hospital Receptionist Wins Compensation Fight

Providing misleading information can be just as effective in causing injury as physical acts of negligence. The Supreme Court made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to an assault victim who was wrongly informed by an accident and emergency (A&E) department receptionist that he would have to wait hours before receiving medical attention. The man…

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Mother of Disabled Child Ruled a ‘Primary Victim’ of Hospital Negligence

In a ground-breaking case, a heartbroken mother who was left traumatised after her daughter was born gravely disabled as a result of hospital negligence has won more than £75,000 in compensation from the NHS. The High Court found that the mother was a primary victim of her daughter’s delayed delivery. The mother was stricken by…

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Disabled Boy Aged Six Wins Record £37 Million in NHS Compensation

Compensation awards to clinical negligence victims may sometimes appear eye-wateringly large but, with the ever-increasing cost of professional care, they are never any more than is needed. That was certainly so in one case, in which a six-year old boy won a record payout from the NHS worth over £37 million. The boy suffered catastrophic…

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Which Motor Insurer Bears Liability? High Court Clarifies the Law

UK motor insurance policies cover the driver, not the vehicle, and disputes can arise if multiple insurers bear potential liability following an accident. In resolving one such disagreement, the High Court gave guidance that will provide invaluable in resolving many others in the future. The case concerned an accident in which a car left the…

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Under-settlement of personal injury claims

Most personal injury claims are settled out of court, meaning the amount of compensation secured is usually based on a combination of the value the lawyers for each side put on the claim and their respective skill at negotiation. While this approach normally allows claims to be resolved faster, at lower expense and with less…

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Children’s Play Facilities Must be Safe as well as Thrilling – High Court Ruling

The Law does not require children to be wrapped in cotton wool and recognises that play facilities must be thrilling as well as healthy. However, as a High Court decision showed, that does not mean that it is acceptable to expose youngsters to reasonably foreseeable risks without adequate warning. The case concerned an inflatable structure…

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Teenager Orphaned by Unique Medical Tragedy Wins £50,000 Compensation

A 16 year old boy whose mother died after a piece of plastic tubing was left inside her following a hear operation will at least receive a financial start in life after his Lawyers negotiated a £50,000 settlement of his unique Clinical Negligence claim. The mother suffered from a congenital heart defect and had gone…

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Pregnancy and Birth Injury Claims

Pregnancy and child birth should be a very special and exciting time in any woman’s life. With over 696,000 births being recorded in 2016 in England and Wales, any woman would expect their local NHS to be well trained, equipped and prepared for the pregnancy and delivery of their baby. Rising statistics can only suggest…

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NHS Breast Cancer Screening Error

In May 2018, Jeremy Hunt admitted that 450,000 women across the UK were not invited to final breast screenings between 2009 and 2018. Mr Hunt confirmed that a technical issue had occurred which dated back to 2009 and was only noticed in 2018. Only women between the ages of 68 and 71 were reported to…

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Costs of Care and Longer Lives Justify Big Clinical Negligence Awards

Awards of compensation in some of the most serious clinical negligence cases can appear very large to the uninitiated. However, as one High Court case showed multi-million-pound pay outs are readily explained by the galloping costs of professional care and ever increasing life expectancies. The case concerned a nine-year-old girl who developed severe jaundice soon…

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