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Freddie Dixon, an eight year old boy, has been recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, to the sadness of his family and those around him. As though the diagnosis is not enough, MG Legal’s solicitors who deal with medical negligence have been shocked to discover how the diagnosis came about, when it was eventually recognised by health care professionals. 
 
Firstly, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is a form of Cancer, the word that nobody wants to hear and, in particular, when it is affecting an eight year old child. This is a form of cancer that is vested within the lymphatic system – which is part of our immune system. Blood cells that would normally fight against infection, are affected in a way that results in the same losing the ability to fight against infection, making the affected individual more vulnerable to illness. The way in which the cells are affected means that they can gather, within the lymphatic system, which often leads to swelling of the lymph nodes. This was the case for Freddie Dixon who began to develop large swollen lumps within his neck, that were later discovered to be cancerous. 
MG Legal, personal injury solicitors in Preston are able to report that the NHS Resolution's annual report for 2018/19, published last week, shows that spending on claimant legal costs was £442.3m – a fall of more than £24m. This news comes as the government is preparing to rein in legal spending when it comes to personal injury cases. 
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Whether it be a veterinarian to the animals they are treating, or to the beautician who is waxing your eyebrows, or in deed eyebrow in some cases, there is a level of duty of care owed to clients, customers, colleagues, employers and the public in general. 
 
A duty of care is a right to which certain individuals have; it is not something that can be opted out of via a yes/no questionnaire. When our solicitors in Preston, who deal with medical negligence are pursuing a claim for damages for our clients, one of the first things to establish, is whether a duty of care was owed to the individual who has suffered a loss, that has been subsequently breached. This is what helps our solicitors form the basis of your claim for personal injury. 
Although all we may be able to think about are the sleepless nights but priceless memories, one particular issue has been brought to the attention of MG Legal’s team, of solicitors who deal with medical negligence, that has left one mother amidst a legal claim for damages for what, she says, were failings of the NHS. 
 
All women, who find themselves between 10-14 weeks pregnant, are asked if they would like to be screened for Down’s, Edward’s and Patau's Syndromes. Down Syndrome is a form of learning disability which can place impairments on bodily functions such as hearing, vision and heart and digestion issues. The screening involves taking a sample of fluid from the back of the baby’s neck, known as the nuchal fluid. This sample is then tested for abnormality, in that, the thickness of the fluid will provide an indication as to the level of risk of abnormality. The fluid is measured in conjunction with maternal age to calculate the risk of the baby having Downs Syndrome. 
Most motorway drivers will have experienced the new smart motorway at one time or another. Whether you think they’re genius, or you think they’re just making an already tedious journey slower, there’s a number of tips, provided by your local personal injury solicitors in Lancaster, that you can follow to make sure you’re safe on the motorways. 
What is contributory negligence? 
 
Essentially, when this term is thrown into the mix within a claim for personal injury, one party (the Defendant, usually) is suggesting the blame be split between the parties, and that there is fault on both sides. The split can be 50/50, however, can vary dependant on a number of factors which can differ case by case. 
 
For example, Party A crashes into the back of Party B’s vehicle, however, both parties are under the influence of alcohol at the time. Party B makes a claim for personal injury as a result of the incident, and Party A claims contributory negligence on the basis that Party B was under the influence at the time, making both parties at fault for the incident. Subsequently, the action the Claimant has brought is affected in terms of the damages awarded. 
 
The term, in essence, is suggesting that the injured party is considered to be partly to blame for the incident, loss and the injuries sustained. The Defendant proposes a split in liability, often, in defence of the claim being made against them. If agreed, this will, subsequently, affects the damages awarded. 
 
If you are bringing about a claim, and the same is put forward, our accident injury solicitors will be able to advise you accordingly as to whether the same is reasonable or not. Each case is different and the same would be assessed on the facts of the case, together with the prospects of success if the same were to be rejected. 
10th – 16th June sees 2019’s Cervical Cancer Awareness Week. The awareness week involves a campaign run by ‘Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’, that is in place to spread awareness of cervical cancer and to share the experiences of those who have experienced issues with abnormal cell results, following smear tests. 
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 
Do's 
 
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. 

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