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Accidents and injuries

Car insurance set to rise due to changing personal injury pay-outs

The Telegraph reports that drivers could see their car insurance rates rise sharply in the near future, due to an increase in insurers’ costs. The increase has been fuelled by larger pay-outs from the courts for people who receive life-changing injuries in car accidents.

Instead of just one large payment for injuries such as paralysis, courts have started awarding more Periodic Payment Orders (PPOs). PPOs are considered helpful when assessing future care needs.

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Common legal questions on cycling

With Bradley Wiggins’ recent Tour de France and Olympic Time Trial wins, and Team GB’s cycling team having a fantastic home Olympics, cycling is becoming more and more popular as both a leisure activity and a means of transport. As its popularity increases, there will no doubt be more legal ramifications.

As such, Prolegal have kindly taken some time to answer a few of the more common cycling questions relating to the law.

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Excessive health and safety regulations to be scrapped

When health and safety regulations came into place their focus was on ensuring that we were kept safe outside of our home. Such regulations have particularly targeted workplace environments.

These originally good-natured rules have unfortunately come to pose obstacles to the running of everyday activities as they have often been misused. (more…)

Injured police officer receives £370,000 for early retirement

A police officer who was injured in a motorcycle accident whilst on duty has been awarded £370,000 in an insurance settlement to compensate him for his injuries and his loss of earnings as he cannot return to work.

Steve Ball, 43, was injured in a head-on collision with another motorcyclist, an experience he described as “terrifying”, in Harrogate 26 July 2006. (more…)

How does the law distinguish between an accident and negligence?

Many people are confused about the difference between an accident and negligence. The boundary between a blameless accident and an accident that gives rise to a claim for compensation can be seen as blurred. The law, however, does make a distinction. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault and you want to know if you are entitled to personal injury compensation, you are advised to contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer is an expert at detecting when an accident becomes negligence at law. (more…)

Can you claim your legal costs from the other side in a personal injury claim?

If a person is injured in an accident that was the result of another’s negligence, they are entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Personal injury compensation is intended to compensate the injured party for a number of things including the pain and suffering endured as a result of the injury, the loss of earnings, and costs incurred as a result of the accident. (more…)

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If you have suffered an accident or injury, you will probably be looking to claim compensation. In our blog we cover recent cases in the news about personal injury claims, as well as basic guides to your most common questions, such as what to do following an accident, who you can sue for compensation, what you can claim compensation for and how much you can claim.

For sporting injuries, skiing accidents, car accidents, injuries at work, accidents abroad, or slips, trips and falls, have a browse to see if we’ve got your question covered.

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