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The danger of the pre-medical offer

This week, I have settled a claim for a client who had suffered from an exacerbation to a pre-existing back injury following a road traffic accident. Mrs Thomas had a long history of back pain and had even undertaken spinal surgery prior to the accident.

How safe is cosmetic surgery

The cosmetic industry is booming and is estimated to be worth over £3.6 billion in the UK. You may be surprised to hear that procedures such as face-lifts, dermal fillers, Botox, laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) have been carried out almost entirely unregulated for years.

Vicarious liability in the UK following Cox and Mohamud

Earlier this year the issue of vicarious liability made its way to the Supreme Court in the cases of Cox v Ministry of Justice and Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC, leading to an increase in the scope of what employee activities their employers can be found liable for.

Access to justice

Justice is something that everybody should have access to regardless of their ability to pay for the legal expertise and the process they have to take to get it.

Getting your life back after an amputation

Having a limb amputated is understandably a life changing experience. Whatever the reasons for the amputation, it is incredibly important, for both the amputee and the families, to regain a sense of normality in their lives.

Should cyclists take more responsibility for the accidents they cause?

The laws regarding cyclists involved in accidents have come under question after a man broke his wrist, after being knocked over by an oncoming cyclist. As it stands accidents involving just bicycles are not classed as a crime under the Road Traffic Accident Act.

Key courtroom etiquette

Being in a courtroom isn’t a pleasant for anyone, regardless of whether you’re a witness, defendant, member of the jury or the claimant – although, obviously it’s more unpleasant for the defendant.

Non-monetary reasons to make a compensation claim

Many compensation claims are made for financial reasons following an accident resulting in an injury. Those making claims for financial compensation may need money to cover the cost of medical treatment, to adapt their home or maybe because they had to take time off work resulting in a loss of household income.

Why do we continually have a problem with elderly care in hospitals and care institutions?

Elderly care has been the subject of considerable focus in the last few years from both the Care Quality Commission and the press.

Dispelling the myths of whiplash claims

One of the biggest casualties of the on-going debate of Britain’s compensation culture is whiplash. Whiplash is a term given to injuries sustained when the head is suddenly moved forwards, backwards or to the side.

Cosmetic surgery – commercialism Vs ethics – should there be more regulation ?

Cosmetic surgery is defined by the Department of Health as ‘operations or other procedures that revise or change the appearance, colour, texture, structure or position of bodily features to achieve what patients perceive to be more desirable’.

James Maxey comments on personal injury legislation changes

Below is James Maxey’s response to the consultation: ‘Reducing the number and cost of whiplash claims.’