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Cars and cyclists - friends or foes?

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If you had to create a simple Venn diagram of drivers and cyclists, there would be a significant number of people who would occupy the central sector. Yet you would be forgiven for thinking these two groups, cyclists and drivers, are diametrically...

Calculation of personal injury compensation continues to benefit claimants

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On 15 July 2019, the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, announced the new Discount Rate figures used to calculate future losses in personal injury claims . Where a claimant’s injuries are long term or permanent, they may receive a lump sum award to...

Don't sweep accidents at work under the carpet

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Monday 17 June saw two contrasting stories relating to the Health and Safety Executive’s efforts to prevent injuries or fatalities in the workplace. Radio 4’s “Farming Today” featured Andrew Turner, Head of Agriculture at the HSE....

Brain injury and sport

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In the space of just a few days, the charity Headway, which offers support to victims of Traumatic Brain injuries, has had reason to be critical of FIFA, football’s governing body, following serious head injuries on the pitch. On 17 of...

PART 1: Pushing Mo to his Personal Best for AvMA

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After weeks of “training” for the London half marathon the weekend of the race finally arrived. The Friday before was not ideal preparation. A routine dental check- up resulted in 3 mouth numbing injections and a filling. It dawned on me I...

The challenges of running for AvMA (or "The Lonely Mess of a Long Distance Runner")

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On the 10th of March I’ll be running around London in a half marathon - more specifically, the bit around the Thames that you see at the end of Eastenders. The reason? To raise money for the charity Action Against Medical Accidents or...

Cyclists and the highway code review

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In light of the government announcing a review of the highway code in an attempt to reduce road casualties, we wanted to highlight an article written last year by Rob Dempsey discussing the 'Dutch reach' practice. Recent figures...

Spectator injuries: who is liable?

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A terribly sad story came out of the recent Ryder Cup Golf Tournament. A spectator, Corine Remande, was blinded in one eye as a result of being hit by a ball played by Brooks Koepka. In the UK, it is accepted that competitors in sporting events owe a...

Is Airbnb "fairbnb"?

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To mark the 10 th anniversary of Airbnb, Rob Dempsey of Roythornes Solicitors considers the legal issues surrounding this recent holiday phenomenon in the context of personal injury law . Airbnb has become an increasingly popular preference for...

Major trauma centres a major success?

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Restructuring of the NHS by governments of any persuasion can often arouse suspicion amongst the general public. However, a report published this month (August 2018) examines relatively recent changes to the NHS with apparent obvious benefits. In...

Your whistle-stop guide to claims for sports injuries

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To mark the last day of Sport Relief 2018, Rob Dempsey of Roythornes Personal Injury department carries out a whistle-stop tour of the relevant points surrounding personal injury claims in sport. “But it’s a man’s game ref!” The...

A failure to respond to worsening road conditions still costs local authorities in the long run

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The latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey (ALARM), compiled by the asphalt industry has been published today (20 March 2018). The analysis of last year’s figures by Rob Dempsey of Roythornes Personal Injury department could be...

Five ways cyclists can protect themselves legally

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According to the Government, 3,430 cyclists were killed or seriously injured between October 2015 and September 2016; this marks a seven per cent increase on the 2010-2014 average. As concerns grow over cyclist safety on British roads, personal injury...

Proposed clinical negligence reforms

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Calls from health leaders in a letter to Justice Secretary David Gauke urged for reform to payments for negligence claims against the NHS. In 2017, changes to the calculation used to work out how much a victim of negligence should receive upfront to...

The truth about holiday sickness claims

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In the wake of a significant case that saw a couple jailed for making fake holiday sickness claims the government is addressing the issue of food poisoning claims, however it’s important to put allegations of fraud into context. The recent case of...

Tough luck for tough mudders?

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Recently, mud runs, such as the fashionable ‘ Tough Mudder ’ event, are becoming increasingly popular around the UK with thousands of people signing up each year, meaning it’s even more imperative to ensure that both organisers and...

Report released today shows state of our roads

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"It is 20 times more expensive to carry out reactive maintenance than planned, preventative maintenance.” (ALARM 2017) The Asphalt Industry Alliance has produced its Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM). This provides a detailed...

Government announces changes to calculations of personal injury compensation

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On the 27th February the Government announced an amendment as to how lump sum payments to Personal Injury Claimants are calculated. In personal injury claims, where the Claimant’s injuries are long term, permanent or a person has died, they or...

Safety at school

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The obligatory photographs shared by proud parents on social media of their children in new school uniforms tells us it’s back to school time. Understandably, parents need to know their children are safe at school, and if they are injured, remedies...