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Psychiatric injury - calls for urgent reform

…An early day motion has been tabled in the House of Commons to raise the issue of reform of the law for victims of psychiatric injury. Read more


The right to anonymity - personal injury claims for children and protected adults

…In a personal injury claim by a child or protected adult, i.e. a person who lacks capacity to conduct proceedings, no settlement will be valid without the approval of the Court (CPR 21.10). A litigation friend will be required to conduct the personal injury claim by a child or protected… Read more


When can teachers and pupils get compensation for mesothelioma?

…For former teachers and pupils unlucky enough to contract mesothelioma from asbestos in our schools when can they or their families get compensation? Read more


Mesothelioma untraced compensation scheme review

…The mesothelioma payment scheme- the second annual review of this asbestos compensation scheme for mesothelioma victims whose employers and their insurers cannot be found. Read more


Deaths in Medway from the asbestos disease mesothelioma

…The latest official statistics for deaths from the fatal asbestos-related disease mesothelioma show that the Medway Towns are still in the top ten nationally. Read more


Negligence and Damages Bill -  a change to fatal accidents bereavement compensation?

…A summary of fatal accident claims, the damages which can be sought, who can claim and the negligence and damages bill which seeks reform of bereavement damages in England and Wales Read more


Brachers defend optometrist before the GOC

…Mrs LAM was an Optometrist Director of a leading High Street opticians. She sought assistance in relation to an investigation by her regulatory body, the General Optical Council (GOC). Read more


Mesothelioma/asbestos compensation- Supreme Court increases compensation for victims’ dependents

…Dependents of victims of mesothelioma and other fatal accidents/diseases should see their compensation increased. This follows the Supreme Court’s decision in Knauer v Ministry of Justice (24/2/2016) to award £53,000 additional compensation to the widower of a mesothelioma victim. Read more


Have you received poor eye treatment?

…If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from a chronic eye disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic eye disease, you have probably encountered a long wait for follow up treatment. Read more


Changes to Part 36 offers

…Changes to Part 36 offers were made under the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 8) Rules 2015, applying to all Part 36 offers made on or after 6 April 2015. A Part 36 offer is an offer made by a claimant or defendant to encourage settlement of the claim before trial. Read more


Action Mesothelioma Day July 2015 & Brachers’ Asbestos Clinic

…Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres, affecting the membranes lining the chest wall. There is no cure and currently in the UK about 2,500 people a year die from mesothelioma. Read more


Child Safety Week 1-7 June 2015 - Preventing avoidable accidents to children

…Child Safety Week runs from 1 – 7 June 2015 and is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of accidents involving the serious injury or death of children and how to prevent them. Read more


Faulty product injury claims - when can you claim?

…On a daily basis goods and products are bought and sold either over the counter or via the internet for use or consumption. As consumers, we expect that the products will be safe and fit for purposes but regrettably this is not always the case. Read more


Happy Birthday Law Reform Act 1945

…This year is the 70th anniversary of the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945. Read more


Supermarket accidents - is there a claim?

…Most slips and trips in supermarkets often just result in a bruising to the ego and the supermarket offers flowers or extra reward points. However, some accidents can cause serious injury. Read more


Occupiers liability accident claims - unusual claims

…When it comes to occupiers liability accident claims, there are many types of situation where a person can suffer injury when visiting someone else’s premises. Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 an occupier has a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of their visitors. To succeed in… Read more


Personal Injury update - Spring 2014

A summary of Personal Injury news. Read more


Brachers recover £300,000 personal injury compensation for work stress victim

…After a 10 year battle in a work stress personal injury claim Brachers finally secured fair compensation and justice for Mr. B, a former Parks Manager of a London Borough. He developed severe depression leading to a nervous breakdown in June 2003. Read more


Work accident compensation claim- the untidy bus depot

…A recent work accident compensation claim from Maidstone, Kent is a good illustration of why the removal of the right to work accident compensation for breach of regulations will generally not prevent work accident compensation claims succeeding. This is also another work accident compensation claim which illustrates why health and… Read more


Accident at work - rotten pallet causes severed tendon

…We recently acted in the personal injury claim of Mr J from Rochester, Kent following an accident at work. Read more


Slipping accident at work causes knee injury

…We recently settled a personal injury claim for Mrs C from Stratford-Upon-Avon following her accident at work for a well-known store. She slipped whilst pushing a trolley on some plastic tags that had fallen off other trolleys causing a slipping hazard. Read more


Child brain injury claims - the right to wait for a clear prognosis

…A dilemma for claimant Lawyer’s dealing with brain injury claims for children was highlighted and considered by the Court of Appeal in the case of SG –v- Hewitt (2012) EWCA Civ 1053. Read more


Losing your balance - case study of a minor head injury caused by a “tripping” accident

…We recently settled the minor head injury claim of Mrs P for compensation of £35,000 (£31,500 after deduction for contributory negligence). She had lost her balance due to stepping in a 2 ½ inch rut in the highway created by bus wheels in Gravesend town centre. Read more


“It’s ‘no win-no fee’ Jim, but not as we know it”- Keep 100% of your compensation? Not necessarily

…Come next April, firms like Brachers will still be promising personal injury victims a genuine “no win, no fee” service, but the promise that normally follows that strap line - “and you will keep 100% of your compensation” will no longer hold good for all clients. Read more


Brain injury - a case study

…We recently settled the brain injury claim of Mr C. This arose out of an accident at work on 11 January 2008 when a cage with Mr C in it fell off the forks of a fork lift, falling 20 or 30 feet to the ground. Read more


“It’s no win no fee Jim, but not as we know it.” - Meet Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (QOCS)

…Come next April solicitors like Brachers will still be taking personal injury claims on a “no win no fee”. But those “no win no fee” agreements will be living in a rather different world. Read more


The problem of Chronic Pain

…If you have suffered a “soft tissue injury” most experienced doctors will tell you that all tissues in the human body usually complete their healing processes after up to 6 months. If the pain persists beyond that time and carries on indefinitely despite treatment, then you might be classified as… Read more


Brain injury and increased risk of Post Traumatic Epilepsy

…Post Traumatic Epilepsy (PTE) is a recognised problem following a brain injury and can develop years after the original injury occurred. Read more


Head injuries and balance disorders

…There is every possibility a head injury might affect a person’s balance function, but all too often this is overlooked by both doctors and lawyers. This was recently highlighted in a talk given by Consultant Neuro-otologist Dr S S Surenthiran at our recent brain injury seminar. Dr Surenthiran runs the… Read more


Trauma in the work place – psychiatric injury claims

…Often a worker will be involved in some traumatic event in the work place, even though they are physically unscathed. Sometimes the effects of involvement in trauma can be long lasting and deep. It is well established that compensation is payable to victims in many cases. However, there are some… Read more


What future for “no win - no fee”?

…Many people may have missed last week’s news of the Government’s green paper, with proposals for reform of civil litigation costs. The good news for personal injury victims is that “no win - no fee” funding of personal injury claims is here to stay. The bad news for most successful… Read more