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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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Council settles out of court over unsafe tree that killed teenager

The family of 13-year-old Sophie Howard, from Cambridgeshire, who was killed by a falling branch in a public park in June 2011, have received an undisclosed payment from Yaxley Parish Council.

The tragedy happened on a week-day in Middletons Road Recreation Ground, near Peterborough, when Sophie was in the park sitting under a tree with some friends. She was not at school that day because of nationwide industrial action.

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Nursery owner attempted to cover up reason for 3-year-old’s head injury

A multicultural nursery has been fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,500 by recorder Malcolm Morse at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. The court found that the owner, Irshan Ahmed, tried to cover up the reason why a three-year-old boy fell from a first-floor fire-escape staircase and suffered a head injury.

The small boy, Eshan Ahmed, who lives in Aston, fell head-first from the outside staircase onto the concrete below in March last year, after running from staff at Little Hippos Nursery and Day Care Centre in Summer Lane, Birmingham.

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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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The lighter side of personal injury cases

This morning’s blog post about a woman awarded almost £112,000 after slipping on some mushy grapes in a grocery store and fracturing her wrists got the Contact Law office talking about slightly silly personal injury cases, large claims and big payouts.

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Shopkeeper pays £111,859 compensation after customer slips on ‘mushy grapes’

This week, Onkar Singh Gill, a grocer from Middlesex engaged in a seven-year-long legal battle, has been ordered by the Appeal Court in London to pay a large amount of compensation to a female customer who slipped on some fruit outside his shop.

According to the Daily Mail, in November 2005 the customer, 57-year-old Samira Hassan, was looking at fruit on tables outside the shop in Greenford, when she slipped on some grapes lying on the pavement, despite wearing ‘sensible shoes’.

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Law firm fighting back against Government no-win, no-fee measures

The Government is looking to cut the availability of no-win, no-fee personal injury cases in order to put a stop to what they consider has become an over-litigious culture in Britain.

In response, a personal injury firm is now trying to encourage victims to make their claims by offering them money in advance. (more…)

Legal professionals warn of industrial disease increase

Many workers exposed to dangerous substances at their workplace risk contracting industry-related diseases, which may go unnoticed for many years. Some legal professionals have recently seen a small but steady rise in the number of bladder cancer cases brought by former workers who were exposed to carcinogenic chemicals in the 1950s and 60s.

The discovery is making some legal professionals draw parallels to when many workers were discovered to be suffering from asbestosis. This led to a sharp increase in the number of negligence claims brought by employees, who had worked with substances containing asbestos such as isolation materials, against their employers and manufacturers. (more…)

Golfer sued for shot that took out another player’s eye

Anthony Phee, 44, is suing James Gordon and the Niddry Castle Golf Club, West Lothian, for £750,000 after Mr Gordon’s stray shot hit him in the eye.

Mr Phee’s eye had to be removed as the impact caused his eye to “explode”. (more…)

Government to ban personal injury claim referral fees

Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has announced that the Government is to ban referral fees for personal injury compensation claims in order to curb the ‘compensation culture’ in the UK and stop the rise in the cost of car insurance.

In addition, the Government wants to stop losing defendants paying the ‘success fees’ of successful claimants. (more…)

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In this section of our blog we will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in personal injury law. In addition, we will report on the most interesting personal injury cases that are currently in the news.

Many personal injury claims are pursued under a no-win, no-fee agreement. No-win, no-fee agreements, or conditional fee arrangements as they are also known, also feature heavily in the news. Check this blog regularly to see if the rules regarding the use of no-win, no-fee change.

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