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As every Personal Injury Law specialist knows the Mental Capacity Act 2005 sets out five principles to help protect Clients who may struggle to make decisions: 
 
A person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established that he or she lacks capacity 
A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him or her to do so have been taken without success 
A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision merely because he or she makes an unwise decision 
An action taken or decision made under this Act for, or on behalf of, a person who lacks capacity must be in his or her best interests 
Before an action is taken or a decision made, regard must be had as to whether the purpose for which it is needed can be as effectively achieved in a way that is less restrictive of the person’s rights and freedom of action 
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1. Identify Witnesses – Personal Injury Solicitors know it can be difficult but getting the contact details of any witnesses is a top priority. If you are able to, then you really should try to take the names, addresses and phone numbers of all potential witnesses. Keep a copy for yourself and a copy for your Solicitor. 
 
2. Gather Evidence – we’re certainly not asking you to don your white suit and start prodding the ground with a stick, but taking photos or videos of any injuries or damage can be incredibly helpful later down the line. Remember, the incident scene may not be the same the next day, and so gather as much evidence as you can, as soon as you have been injured. 
 
3. Report your accident – sounds obvious doesn’t it?! You would be surprised how many people fail to report accidents but get yourself on the phone to the Police, Local Authority and don’t forget your Insurance Company (in the case of a road traffic accident). Remember if you don’t report you may be denied the opportunity to claim compensation! 
 
4. Seek Legal Advice – appoint a reputable, professional Solicitor to guide you through the process of making a personal injury claim as soon as possible. 
 
5. Seek immediate medical attention – ensure you visit your doctor or A & E if your injuries require it. Your personal injury solicitor will ensure that the notes from A&E/GP are obtained prior to a medical report being prepared, explaining the injuries you have suffered. 
 
6. Keep a written diary – as events unfold be sure to keep a diary. You may experience new challenges within your daily life both physical and mental. Mowing the lawn or bathing may seem either impossible, post incident, or at the very least, a lot more difficult. It is also useful to keep a list, alongside any receipts, of costs which have been incurred as a result of your injury (such as parking tickets for hospital appointments or modifications which have been carried out around the home). A diary such as this could be very useful should your claim go to Court. 
We’ve all been there: you’ve just passed your driving test and your finally behind the wheel of your own car … on your own. It’s something that, quite a lot of people would feel, you aren’t quite prepared for. After all, before you pass, you’re not ever given the opportunity of being behind the wheel and left to your own devices.  
 
However, whether you’ve been driving for fifteen years, or five months, we all need to make sure that we’re doing our best to drive safely and be mindful of other road users, whether that be other drivers, cyclists, pedestrians or horse-riders. 
 
So, how do we stay safe on the road? Well, our expert team of Personal Injury solicitors in Lancaster have put together a list of the top five things to do (or not to do) to make sure you’re driving safely. 
We often use the initial consultation with our new personal injury compensation clients to ask them questions about their accident, and themselves, to help us to get the information we need to progress their claim. However, our team of personal injury solicitors in Preston also use it as a time to allow our clients to ask the questions they need to, to make sure they feel happy about how the claim process works, and what’s involved. But we don’t stop there. Our team is on hand throughout your claim to make sure that you can ask any questions that you might have. 
 
To help our clients get started, here’s a list of some of the most commonly asked questions that our road accident solicitors are asked… 
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Whether it be to see your General Practitioner, or a date for a surgical procedure, we all know that waiting for an appointment to resolve a medical issue can be a frustrating and, in some cases, a timely process. 
 
When contacting a medical professional, in many cases, it is not good news as we require assistance in restoring our health and getting better when we are ill. Medical attention is, therefore, usually required quickly, not only to ensure matters are resolved and we are back fighting fit, but also to ensure that any symptoms or conditions do not worsen and, subsequently, cause bigger issues. 
 
This, however, could be set to cause problems, with the Public Spending Watchdog warning that increases in such waiting times could lead to a rise in medical negligence claims. In a recent report, published in March 2019, the National Audit Office reported that approximately 40% of negligence claims are related to failures or delays in diagnosis or treatment. 
A claim management company (CMC) is a business which manages a vast quantity of personal injury claims at the same time, normally by acting as a middle man between you and a qualified professional, such as a conveyer-belt style law firm or solicitors’ practice. 
 
Generally, they collect the initial information from you, such as details about how the accident happened, who were the parties involved, and your personal information, and they pass this onto the highest bidder, whether that be local personal injury solicitors or a firm on the other side of the country; they’re usually not fussy, just whoever pays the most. 
 
The CMC then passes information from the law firm, back onto you, like a pig in the middle. 
In personal injury claims, there are three main aspects that your accident claim solicitors are concerned with. These include: liability, causation and quantum. The role of the medical expert helps assist MG Legal’s injury solicitors in ticking the boxes in terms of quantum and causation. 
 
Causation: Have the injuries sustained arisen as a direct result of the incident in question, or would they have occurred in any event, and have simply been accelerated by the incident? 
 
Quantum (Valuing): How serious are the injuries and is any future care necessary? to provide information on how the claim should be quantified. 
 
Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules deals with experts and the evidence they provide in support of a claim. Medical experts have an overriding duty to the Court to help matters progress, with the assistance of their expertise. This is usually by providing evidence in a written report format, unless the Court directs otherwise. 
It’s a phrase that you probably won’t have heard in everyday life. However, it’s something that could affect you if you are ever the victim of any multitude of Personal Injury accidents, including an accident at work, a slip, trip or fall, or if you are the victim of medical negligence. Your Personal Injury Solicitors Preston will be able to advise you on whether you can make a claim, if you have suffered from any injury that was not your fault. 
 
The ‘Egg-Shell Skull’ rule is a principle developed by the Court, which was notably used in the case of Owens v Liverpool Corp [1939] 1 KB 394, in which MacKinnon LJ held that “it is no answer to a claim for a fractured skull that its owner had an unusually fragile one”. Put in simple terms, a claimant must be taken as they are, and not treated differently because they have a pre-existing health condition. 
Firstly, what is vaginal mesh, and why has it been used in surgical procedures? 
 
Vaginal mesh is a form of synthetic netting that is surgically implanted into a woman’s pelvis. The procedure is used to help treat prolapsed organs, urinary incontinence and for the repairing weakened and/or damaged tissue which, for example, may be experienced following childbirth. 
 
There are different types of mesh, or tape, which can be used. Some mesh can be absorbable which, you may be surprised to note, is usually derived from processed and disinfected animal tissue. Alternatively, the mesh can be non-absorbable. This form of mesh is usually used for long term assistance, as the mesh will remain indefinitely in aiding damage that may be beyond repair. 
 
The insertion of the mesh is not a light procedure and can require patients to be hospitalised for a number of days following. As with all surgical procedures, there is an element of risk, however, recent debate has brought to light new findings on such risks, and their potential effects on patients undergoing treatment. 
Whilst some law firms like to put their trainees in one department for a set period of time and then move them to the next department for a set period of time, here at MG Legal we find it works better to combine seats so that you do not forget the processes and information you have learnt. 
 
My days are often long but they are most certainly never the same! Whilst Conveyancing can sometimes be somewhat transactional, and Family Law more emotional, it is often found that some Conveyancing transactions become frustrating: when there is a chain, affecting your client’s property transaction, and you have no control over Mrs Smith’s property sale, that is three houses down the chain to your client’s purchase, as a property solicitor who liked to be in control of literally everything, then, well, you start to understand the situation!  
 
On the other hand, Family matters are dealt with in an almost business-like manner, in cases where couples have remained quite amicable and both know what they want the outcome to be. Currently, I spend my Mondays and Thursdays within the Family Department, and the remainder of the week with the Conveyancing Department; however, these days will often be swapped if there is a Family matter in Court. 

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