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Accidents & Injuries

Why I know the personal injury reforms are unfair on innocent victims

Changes to the way personal injury claims for people involved in road traffic accidents are handled will leave claimants at a disadvantage when it comes to access to justice and their right to... Read full article

How might the personal injury reforms affect you?

Changes to the way personal injury claims for people involved in road traffic accidents are handled – increasing the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000 – could be in force by next... Read full article

Concerns about access to justice as personal injury small claims limit set to rise

The Government is to press ahead with reforms affecting personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents (RTAs) and aims to bring in these changes by April next year. The so-called... Read full article

Attacked by a cow while out walking – what are your legal rights?

As many of us who enjoy walking in the countryside know, cows can sometimes be unpredictable animals. Most of the time, they will look up with indifference then carry on grazing as walkers stroll... Read full article

Helping ordinary people make sense of the personal injury compensation system – Wards Solicitors back new publication

A comprehensive booklet which aims to ensure that everyone understands their legal right to redress for personal injuries which were not their fault has been fully endorsed by Wards Solicitors’... Read full article

Government loses appeal to cut damages awarded to lung cancer asbestos victim

The Government has lost its appeal to reduce the damages paid to the family of an asbestos victim, who died after being exposed to the killer substance, because he was also a smoker. Cyril Hollow... Read full article

Personal Injury small claims limit increase – what impact?

Richard Green, a Specialist injury claims Solicitor who covers our North Somerset offices met North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox, also the Secretary of State for International Trade, on 17th December 2016... Read full article

Personal Injury law reform ‘wrong and unfair’

Wards Solicitors’ personal injury lawyers have added their voices to a campaign opposing Government proposed reforms to the law in this area. With an extremely short consultation period closing on... Read full article

Horse riding accident on the road – can you take legal action?

The number of road accidents involving horses and their riders is now disturbingly high – as the latest statistics from the British Horse Society (BHS) reveal. In the last five years there have... Read full article

Huge blow for innocent victims of whiplash injuries

Government proposals just published will potentially remove the right of ordinary people to receive full and proper compensation for injuries that they have suffered through no fault of their own.... Read full article

Attacked by a dog – can you take legal action?

Being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying experience, leaving lasting scars, both physical and emotional. Worryingly, it is also an increasingly common one. In the last three years, more than 20,000... Read full article

Should mobility scooter drivers have compulsory training and insurance by law?

For many ill, elderly and disabled people, mobility scooters are a lifeline – a means of much needed independence and an indispensable way of getting about. Unfortunately, a minority of users drive... Read full article

Cycling – accidents on the rise

As more and more people take up cycling, particularly in cities like Bristol, the number of accidents is sadly increasing too. In 2014, a staggering 21,287 cyclists were injured in reported road... Read full article

Increase in small claims limit for personal injury – £1,000 to £5,000!

George Osborne announced in his recent Spending Review that he intends to increase the small claims track limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000. This will restrict access to... Read full article

Court of Protection Rules – it’s all change on 6th April

The Court of Protection Rules are changing for the first time since they were implemented alongside the Mental Capacity Act in 2007. Some changes regarding appeals (to different tiers of Court of... Read full article

Sensible decisions on the ‘who pays’ issue

Cases where claimants pursue large amounts of compensation often hit the news as they appear to support the view that the so called ‘compensation culture’ continues. Two recent cases demonstrate... Read full article

Whiplash claims – fact over fiction

Compensation claims and the so called compensation culture are back in the news again, but the facts are often obscured by catchy headlines and I am left wondering who is actually driving this... Read full article

Britain’s busy roads

Most roads in this country were built for horses and carriages, carts and animals. When cars were first made they were few and far between and did not go very... Read full article

Law Society statement on referral fees

Following on from a number of articles on this blog, on the subject of referral fees, we wanted to update you as to the Law Society’s most recent... Read full article

Tackling whiplash

We’re all increasingly aware that the roads and motorways in and around Bristol and the surrounding areas are getting busier.... Read full article
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