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Category Archives: Personal Injury

Whiplash fraud register could be accessed by solicitors

Insurers have indicated that they may be willing to agree to solicitors’ demands to share information on known fraudsters. In a bid to tackle whiplash claims, The Association of British insurers (ABI) is preparing a new register which will collate all members’ fraud records for the first time in one place. Solicitors would like access…
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Cosmetic laser hair removal warning

Beauty salons and clinics can offer potentially dangerous laser treatments without appropriate training and facilities. In October 2010 regulations relating to the use of laser machines for cosmetic procedures were scrapped as the industry was seen as over-regulated. It now appears that the industry has gone full swing in the opposite direction leaving the public…
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Council puts cycle path in middle of the road

There were cars parked at the edges of the road, which the council had failed to cone off, so workmen put the cycle path in the middle of the road instead. Personal Injury solicitors at Swain & Co. are shocked at this failure to put cyclist safety at the heart of what cycle paths aim…
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Backlash on Whiplash reforms

There is growing backlash to the government’s plans on curbing whiplash claims. Not in the principle of curbing the fraudulent cases, as fraud can never be excused, but more to the fact that the government appear to be just giving the insurance industry what they want. The statistics used announced that whiplash claims from road…
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Personal Injury cap on compensation needs to be increased

Personal injury lawyers have called on the government to increase the cap on compensation for victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice’s consultation closed last week after three months which was entitled ‘Getting it right for victims and witnesses’. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has responded to the consultation by calling for increases…
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Government to announce curbs to whiplash claims

This week the government will set out tougher regulations to cut the number of whiplash claims. Whiplash injuries are common where there are rear end shunts from another vehicle, which causes neck and back injuries when a person is thrown to the front of the vehicle involuntarily. It has been reported that the volume of…
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Parent company liability upheld for asbestos case

The Court of Appeal in London upheld David Chandler’s claim against Cape Plc. for asbestos exposure. The company was the parent company for Cape Products, which Mr Chandler worked for over 50 years ago, and was dissolved years ago. As he could not claim against the dissolved company, Mr Chandler pursued his case against Cape…
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Kenneth Clark climbdown on asbestos cases

On Tuesday 24th April, Kenneth Clark made a surprising U-turn on the Jackson reforms for mesothelioma (asbestos) cases. This issue has been one of the most controversial of part two of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO). Monday saw the House of Lords voted for a second time to oppose the…
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Rapist’s victims to sue motor insurance company

The convicted black cab rapist John Worboys victims are to attempt to sue his motor insurers claiming that the black cab was used as a weapon in the assaults on them. Swain & Co Solicitors welcome this action as it will test the limits of car insurance policies. The issue is whether insurance covers not…
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Outdated child neglect law fails to protect

Charities are calling for the law on child neglect, written in 1933, to be overhauled to protect children from being badly fed, left alone at home, not educated or belittled and bullied by their parents. The 1933 law requires that a child is physically harmed or injured before charges can be brought, yet child neglect…
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