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Accidents & Injuries

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

Legal Aid cuts

There has not been enough press about the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill published on 21 June 2011. The effect of this bill will be to remove legal aid from some of the most... Read full article

When playing in the dark is negligent

There is a lot of talk about whether we are living in a nanny state, as more rules are made and people continue to bring compensation claims after accidents for which there is apparently very little... Read full article

Comment on regulation in the hairdressing industry

Did anyone see Inside Out West last Monday? They did a great feature on the lack of regulation in the hairdressing industry. You can watch it again on the BBC iPlayer. I think the general public were... Read full article

Jonathan Harvey v Plymouth City Council

This case is a welcome decision in favour of commonsense and shows that Judges are less likely to decide that a defendant Council is liable for any accident which occurs on its land. The claimant was... Read full article

Is the insurance worth the risk?

When you next renew your house or contents insurance pay particular attention to the breakdown of charges. Very often the insurance company will offer you legal expenses insurance for an additional... Read full article

Exercise hurts

For those of you, who like many of us, have decided to start the New Year full of resolve to shed those unwanted pounds gained over Christmas and to get fit by joining a gym or engaging a personal... Read full article

Is the insurance worth the risk

When you next renew your house or contents insurance pay particular attention to the breakdown of charges. Very often the insurance company will offer you legal expenses insurance for an additional... Read full article
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