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‘Same roof’ rule deemed unfair by judges

Proposal to make it harder for cyclists to claim compensation scrapped

Under the proposed revision to the Civil Liability bill, the threshold for bringing small claims was to be raised from the current threshold of £1,000 to a proposed £5,000. The proposal would have excluded bringing a claim for the vast majority of cycling related injuries, leaving claimants with no access to justice. The decision has elicited praise, with Justice Secretary David Gauke adding that it was a “victory for common sense”.

Fundamentally dishonest claimants face contempt proceedings

A High Court Judge has permitted a contempt of court application to go ahead following new CCTV evidence coming to light. The claimants in the matter had originally claimed serious whiplash injuries from a road traffic accident involving a bus. However, the new evidence shows the claimant’s car had hardly moved upon impact with the bus. This gross fabrication has led to contempt proceedings being levelled as the claimants, with Mr Justice Spence adding that there was “a significant public interest” in allowing contempt cases such as this to proceed.

 

 

Councils pay out over £2 million in pavement trips

According to freedom of information requests at the behest of the AA, Councils paid out over £2 million pounds in compensation from pavement trips. Over the calendar year, 10,200 claims were brought against councils nationwide under which claimants cited poor maintenance of the pavement as a key factor. The president of the AA, Edmund King added that there was a particular danger in areas where councils have switched off street lights due to cost-saving measures.

 

 

 

 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents: WARNING!

A child was severely injured and spent three days in intensive care after biting into a laundry liquid capsule. RoSPA and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC) have teamed up with the child’s mother to raise awareness about the serious risk such capsules may pose to children.

If your child has been in an accident please contact us today for a free assessment of their claim.

For more information please see our dedicated CHILDREN’S ACCIDENTS CLAIMS page.

Sex activity is ‘in every way a personal choice’ – the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia submits

An female public servant claimed against the Australian Federal Government for injuries suffered during sex in a motel bedroom on a work trip. Evidence suggested that the woman was injured when a glass light fitting came away from the wall above the bed striking the employee in her face causing both physical and psychological injuries.

The employee may be compensated for her injuries by her employer if her injuries are suffered ‘during the course of her employment’.

The majority held at [38] that: ‘when an activity was engaged in at the time of injury, the question is: did the employer induce or encourage the employee to engage in that activity? When injury occurs at and by reference to a place, the question is: did the employer induce or encourage the employee to be there? If the answer to the relevant question is affirmative, then the injury will have occurred in the course of employment’.

In the circumstances, the sexual activity was outside of the employee’s course of employment.

If you have suffered injury at work you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. Please see our ACCIDENT AT WORK CLAIMS page for more information.

Please contact us today for a free assessment of your claim.

‘child prostitution’ – call for removal of ‘outdated’ phrase from legislation made by MP

A campaign has been launched by Ann Coffey, the Labour MP for Stockport, to remove the phrase ‘child prostitution’ form 16 pieces of legislation. Coffey claims that its use is a barrier to overhauling attitudes leaving children vulnerable to abuse, The Guardian reports. Coffey has tabled amendments to the Serious Crime Bill which is currently discussed in parliament. Her push for change of legislation has been welcomed by the office of the Children’s Commissioner.

Please see our Victims of Abuse and Child Abuse pages for information about how to make a claim if you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse.

Please contact Compensation Solicitors Online today for a free assessment of your claim.

Danger to Motorists and Cyclists – Study Shows Poor State of Britain’s Roads

light trails on the roundabout road

Local councils in England are to get a near-£6 billion fund to fight potholes over the next six years – according to a Government announcement. Minsters have been warned that these funds will be insufficient – some councils faced a backlog reaching £100 million to repair potholes in their area.

Bad road conditions cause significant risk to motorists and cyclists – being among the more vulnerable road users. Councils are responsible for maintaining their roads in safe condition and failure to do so may be a breach of their duty, and they will be liable for injuries suffered as a result of this. If you have suffered injury as a result of a road traffic accident caused due to a road’s poor state you may have a claim for compensation.

Please see our dedicated Road Traffic Accident Claims and Motorcycle Accident Claims pages for more information on how to make a claim.

Contact Compensation Solicitors Online today for a free assessment of your potential claim.

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