Category: Personal Injury

Are Personal Injury Solicitors on the Decline?

Are Personal Injury Solicitors on the Decline?

A law firm investor has recently predicted that only a dozen firms nationwide will soon specialise in personal injury. The reason; proposed further Government reforms of the personal injury sector. 4 to 5 years ago we saw many claims management companies disappear from the market and now it is predicted that there will be a major reduction in the number of solicitors specialising in personal injury.

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Common Winter Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Every season has its fair share of hazards, however winter is arguably the most hazardous season of all. Thankfully you can avoid potential accidents by changing your mindset and being aware of the weather conditions around you. Here’s a handy list to help you out!

 

Slips and Falls

Never underestimate the damage that a potential slip and fall accident can cause – from a sprained ankle to a broken spine that can leave you paralysed for life, slips and falls are definitely no joke!

  • Always walk carefully if the streets are covered in ice.
  • Wear warm shoes or boots with good tread for traction
  • Clear the ice on the pathway of your home. Always have some salt or sand ready to spread around in case the weather surprises you.
  • If you’re going somewhere by bike be on the watch of potentially wet or icy surfaces, and use both hands when braking.
  • If you do feel yourself falling try to land on your side or your bottom – that way you can reduce the risk of a head or a spinal injury

Hypothermia

If you work or play outside during winter you might be risking having a hypothermia or a frostbite.

  • Stumbling, bumbling, grumbling, and mumbling can be early signs of cold affecting your body and brain. Take action as soon as you notice them
  • Wear multiple layers of clothing to keep you warm, with more breathable layers against your skin and weather-resistant layers on the exterior
  • Food and fluids can keep your body warm
  • If you do get a frostbite DO NOT try to warm up the affected area while still in the cold, especially by rubbing it

Car Accidents

Despite being a good driver winter can potentially take the control of your car out of your hands and unfortunately by getting behind the wheel you do accept the responsibility.

  • Defrost windows completely before leaving home
  • Drive slowly and carefully and allow extra stopping distance

 

Winter Sport Injuries

For the ones who refuse to stay at home by the fireplace and instead want to have some fun slipping and sliding down a mountain in winter, you don’t have to suffer injuries while practicing your favourite winter sports.

  • Wearing the proper gear is arguably the most important thing to consider as it can save you from all kinds of  sports-related accidents. Check your equipment before using it in order to make sure it’s working properly and is not going to bring any harmful surprises along the way
  • Use a qualified instructor when learning how to ski or how to ride a snowboard. One of the most important things a qualified teacher is going to teach you is the proper way to do the sideways fall mentioned above

If you have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault call our Litigation Team today on 01202 877 400.

Common Winter Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Suffered a Personal Injury?  Are you being pressured to accept an offer?

Suffered a Personal Injury? Are you being pressured to accept an offer?

When a Claimant has been injured as a result of an accident, whether that be at work, in a car or in a public place, and the other party has already accepted the accident was their fault, many insurance panel solicitors or larger firms will often pressurise a Claimant into accepting an offer simply to close the case without any real thought of whether that offer truly compensates the innocent party. Turnover of cases is king to such firms.

This will not happen at Newnham & Jordan Solicitors. We often take over cases from insurance panel solicitors who attempt to pressurise their clients to accept what is known a pre-medical offer or accept offers which fall far short of what their client is perfectly entitled to receive.

You, as an injured party, may still be experiencing symptoms when offers are on the table, even if you have already seen a medical professional. You may not agree with that professional’s opinion and prognosis. The best course of action in such cases would be to send you for another medical examination and obtain a Consultant’s medical report on your injuries which will (a) give a much more detailed prognosis for your health and (b) allow us to determine in much more detail what your injury is actually worth. We at Newnham & Jordan are in a position to do this for you.

Remember, many insurance companies want to keep costs down. A far more detailed report and proper expert advice can ensure that you receive what you are actually entitled to.

We are accustomed to taking over cases from national personal injury firms. If you want to receive the correct amount of compensation for your injury then our personal injury department at Newnham & Jordan is ready to represent you.

Adhering to Deadlines is Crucial

 

The recent case of Redbourn Group Ltd v Fairgate Development Ltd serves as a useful reminder to all parties to adhere strictly to the deadlines which the Courts in civil litigation disputes impose.

Until very recently, legal representatives who missed court deadlines would often avoid sanctions for non-compliance. Defences, Evidence and documents integral to the smooth operation of a case would often be filed late, yet courts would often be reluctant or indeed unable to impose any real sanctions. Since the welcome tightening of this lax approach to litigation, courts have been sanctioning parties who fail to comply with court deadlines without a justifiable reason. These sanctions include striking out claims or defences, entering Judgments in default and declining to award a party’s costs.

In Redbourn, the High Court Judge, The Honourable Mr Justice Coulson, commented that legal representatives must explain the reason for delays and non-compliance of court deadlines in order to avoid sanctions, re-affirming the principles laid down in the Lord Jackson’s civil litigation reforms of 2013.

In essence, if there are ‘serious and significant’ delays, then the court is ‘bound to take a very adverse view’ of the ‘wholesale failure’ to explain non-compliance and that party runs a significant risk of sanctions being imposed. Therefore it is critical that legal representatives get their house in order and ensure that sufficient time is given to meet each and every deadline of a case.

Liam Oliver will be pleased to talk with you about your case and discuss the options available to you. If you have  any queries please feel free to call us on 01202 877 400 or email liam.oliver@newnham-jordan.co.uk.

Adhering to Deadlines is Crucial
The Dangers of Teeth Whitening

The Dangers of Teeth Whitening

 

Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK. Last year, more than 100,000 people in Britain tried the treatment. But is the bright smile really worth it?

The Procedure?

The most common type of vital teeth whitening uses a gel that is applied directly to the tooth surface. This product contains some form of hydrogen peroxide. Teeth whitening cannot make your teeth perfectly white, but it can certainly lighten the existing colour by several shades. The number of people willing to put themselves through the procedure is increasing every day.

Under the Dentists Act 1984, it is in fact illegal for anyone other than dentists or dental health professionals such as hygienists to carry out teeth whitening.

Knowing that the treatment can cause permanent damage to your gums and teeth it is quite concerning that many beauty therapists are doing it for half the price. The low price usually reflects the quality of the procedure, so one should think twice before going through it as it’s likely that corners are being cut.

The Risks?

Irritates and bleaches gums
Harms tooth enamel
Can cause painful and chemical burns

The Alternatives?

Although only trained professionals can provide a legal teeth whitening service, it is perfectly legitimate for anyone to use an over-the-counter kit, if it contains less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. The price, however can be a bit steep for the average consumer and the effectiveness of the products containing less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide is arguably not that good.

Toothpastes containing anti-staining agents or hydrogen peroxide are used daily by hundreds of thousands of people, because of their affordable prices. Although they are considerably cheaper they are not that effective, most likely because of the hydrogen peroxide being weak and unstable by the time you use them.
Teeth whitening can be safe if done by professionals. Be aware of beauticians offering cheap treatments and tooth whitening kits as they can damage your smile permanently!

If you have suffered an injury caused by a beauty treatment call Liam Oliver today on 01202 877 400!

Embracing the changes in Personal Injury

Embracing the changes in Personal Injury

Embracing the changes in Personal Injury

In 2013 the personal injury field changed, in our view, for the better.

Did you know:

Prior to 2013

  • Solicitors used to pay upwards of £700 for your personal details
  • Solicitors used to double their money at others expense if they were successful at court.

 

When the changes came in many firms, especially the large claim companies, began to moan about referral fees being banned and the ‘double your money’ at the expense of the losing party being stopped.

Some firms even wrote to MP’s about it, but without success.

As a result, many of the ‘claims farmers’ have disappeared from the market. The service, expertise and results left a lot to be desired.

Many of the large firms use ‘panel GP’s’ whose medical reports were significantly lacking in any real detail and would often lead to claims being undervalued.

However, we at Newnham & Jordan have embraced the changes. Yes, it is much more of a challenging environment to be in now, however we simply get on with the job in hand. We thrive on the opportunity that the changes bring. It gives us much more focus on the client which undoubtedly results in a higher award of damages and far better outlook for the future, healthwise. We instruct specialist consultants to carry out the medical report.

You are not obliged to use your own insurance company preferred solicitor. In fact we advise that it would benefit you in the longer run not to. If you are contacted by your insurance company who advise they can put you in touch with a solicitor, be aware, your case will not be dealt with by a specialist lawyer at that point. If you contact us, your case will be dealt with by a specialist at day one who will not pass it around various departments.

Instructing a specialist at day one increases the chances of obtaining far more compensation than your insurance company is likely to achieve. Not only this, but we have your route back to good health at the forefront of what our personal injury department does.

For more information, please contact Liam Oliver of Newnham & Jordan Solicitors on 01202 877 400.

 

 

Embracing the changes in Personal Injury