Autumn Statement for PI Lawyers by Ella Davis

The government has released a summary of the Autumn Statement with 20 Key Announcements, the last of which will be of great interest to personal injury lawyers. It reads as follows: “20. People will no longer be able to get cash compensation for minor whiplash claims To make it harder for people to claim compensation for exaggerated or fraudulent whiplash claims, the government is endin... [Continue Reading]

Stroke Caused By Beauty Facial Case Settles by Kiril Waite

Claims against negligent beauticians and the like are not altogether uncommon. The injuries tend to be dermatological in nature consequent of some allergic reaction to an untested product. But who would have thought it possible, let alone likely, for someone to suffer a stroke as a result of a beauty facial treatment? Tragically that is what happened to Elizabeth Hughes after her visit to the s... [Continue Reading]

Quantity not quality by Ella Davis

The decision of Foskett J in Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust  [2014] EWHC 3016 (QB) (rightly) caused some excitement in the legal blogosphere when it was handed down in October 2014. It appeared that he had extended the familiar eggshell skull rule by holding that a Defendant who had injured a woman with pre-existing care needs was liable to compensate for her fu... [Continue Reading]

CPR 35.1: When is expert evidence ‘reasonably required’? (2/2) by Tom Collins

The second case dealing with the proper approach to applications under r. 35.1 is Nuemann v Camel [2015] LTL 29/10/15.   In this case, the claimant had been injured in a road traffic accident caused by the defendant's negligent driving and liability was not disputed. The claimant had a pre-existing condition, osteogenesis imperfecta, which had caused her bones to fracture as a teenager. She h... [Continue Reading]

CPR 35.1: When is expert evidence ‘reasonably required’? (1/2) by Tom Collins

Expert evidence is often talked of in terms of parties’ ‘rights’, i.e. to a fair trial or for equality of arms. In the field of PI and Clinical Negligence, it is taken for granted that except in the clearest of cases, the Court will admit (often gratefully) expert opinion on condition and prognosis as well as liability and causation. However, two recent decisions in different div... [Continue Reading]

Loss of future earnings and disability by Andrew Spencer

A claimant is “disabled” for the purposes of Tables A – D of the Ogden Tables when s/he has an illness or disability which has or is expected to last for a year or more (or a progressive illness); which “substantially limits” the claimant’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities; and which affects the kind or amount of paid work s/he can do.  ... [Continue Reading]

Edward Bishop QC considers obstacles in claims for psychiatric damage by Ian Miller

In Speirs v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust (Unreported, December 2014) a mother claimed damages for psychiatric injury which she said had arisen as a result of the shock of seeing one of her daughters who had been seriously damaged during an instrumental ‘ventouse’ birth. The judge dismissed the mother’s claim on the grounds that she had not suffered a psychiatric injury ... [Continue Reading]

Fixed costs in RTA, EL and PL multi track claims by Ian Miller

A claim which starts under the RTA protocol but proceeds on the multi track remains subject to the fixed recoverable costs regime. So held HHJ David Grant in the case of Qader v Esure (Unreported, 15th October 2015). The case concerned a claim for damages for personal injury arising out of an RTA. The value of the claim was pleaded at £5,000 to £15,000. The Defendant alleged that the a... [Continue Reading]

No assignment of CFAs, says the County Court by Geoffrey Weddell

If a claimant is pursuing a personal injuries claim funded by a CFA, and the solicitors’ firm goes into administration, can the CFA be assigned to a new firm? No, says the County Court at Liverpool. In Jones v Spiral Healthcare (unreported, 11th September 2015, transcript available on Westlaw), the original CFA was entered into validly in 2012. In 2014 the Claimant’s solicitors’ ... [Continue Reading]

Test for striking out before trial by Thomas Crockett

The Court of Appeal recently held in Alpha Rocks Solicitors v Alade [2015] EWCA Civ 685 held that the court should exercise caution in the early stages of a case in striking out the entirety of a claim on the grounds that a part had been improperly or even fraudulently exaggerated.   The Court (Moore-Bick, Fulford, Vos LJJ) made reference to the draconian nature of the power and the risk... [Continue Reading]

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