Longridge: 01772 783 314 | Garstang: 01995 602 129 | Lancaster: 01524 581 306 
 
Longridge: 01772 783 314 
Garstang: 01995 602 129 
Lancaster: 01524 581 306 

Posts tagged “Personal Injury Law”

When we sit behind the wheel, we always make sure that our seat belts are fastened, we have enough fuel, and there are no issues with our vehicle. If you drive a BMW, there’s probably the perennial warning light of some sort on the dash, but you are forgiven for ignoring this. However, one thing we may seem to forget, is, are we wearing suitable footwear to drive? 
As we already know, expert evidence can play an extremely important part of your claim, which is why selecting the right expert is imperative. See our blog on instructing the correct expert for more information on this, by following the link below: 
 
 
Looking now more specifically, what do we think of when we say expert witness? MG Legal’s team, like any other, interpret this as meaning an individual supplying expert evidence would be an expert within their field. The expert would use their expertise to help propel the claim by giving evidence. 
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… 
Accident - Injury - Claim - Compensation
Allegation - A claim made against someone, often without proof, or a claim that someone has engaged in an illegal act. 
 
Alternative Dispute Resolution (also known as ADR) – arbitration and mediation are sometimes used as an alternative way to settle a dispute without going to Court. 
 
After-the-event-insurance - an insurance policy taken out after an accident to help assist a Personal Injury Claim. 
 
Bankrupt - the legal status of a person or Company who is unable to repay its debts owed to creditors. 
 
Civil Procedure Rules – the rules governing the process of handling a claim which is at Court. 
 
Claimant – the injured person seeking to make a Claim for compensation. 
 
Collective Conditional Fee Agreement – similar to the “no win, no fee” concept, this is where funding is arranged for a private Client. 
 
Contributory Negligence – this is where the amount of damages that would normally be awarded to the Claimant are reduced to take in to account the Claimants own actions in sustaining the injury. 
 
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – A scheme funded by Government which allows for a victim of crime to claim compensation for their injuries. 
 
Culpable – at fault or guilty of something. 
 
Damages – often used interchangeably with the word “compensation” – comprising of both general and special damages. 
 
Defendant – The party against whom the claim is made. 
 
Disbursements – Any expenses incurred such as the cost of obtaining a medical report. 
 
Evidence – Something material to the case which will prove or disprove something. 
 
Fast Track Claim – A claim where damages do not exceed £25,000.00. 
 
Fraud – intentional misrepresentation or intentional concealment of an important fact. 
 
General Damages – Compensation for injuries. 
 
Incapacity Benefit – A benefit paid after 28 weeks of sickness. 
 
Industrial Injuries Disablement - A benefit paid to an employee who has been injured at work. 
 
Interim Payment – Damages paid to a Claimant before the Claim has completed – this kind of payment can assist with care fees or house alterations following an accident. 
 
Legal Expenses Insurance - insurance policy available through household and contents insurance and credit card facilities to fund a claim for compensation. 
 
Liability - legal responsibility for an accident. 
 
'Personal Injury Law' written on wooden blocks.
Our love of the night life means we see some sights; it also means that our Sunday morning look is significantly more dishevelled than our social media selfie Saturday evening look. I appreciate that I may be aiming this at the ladies but I think many of us know what I mean when I say that none of us look quite our best when we wake up on a Sunday morning with our false eyelashes hanging off, lipstick smeared across your chin and last nights pizza stuck to your cheek…but imagine being sued over your looks! 
Bold, red lipstick smeared in a line.
Preston’s Personal Injury Solicitors, MG Legal, are nearly always on some kind of fitness regime, and most recently, we wrote about walks up Preston’s local beauty spot, the beautiful, Nicky Nook. 
 
Many people often start their fitness regime with walking. A ramble through the countryside has many benefits of which I am sure you are aware. But, you must be careful, for personal injury claims for slips and trips whilst out in the countryside rarely succeed. 
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. 
It’s often the question that people want to know the answer to, but never know when the right time is to ask: how much compensation will I get?  
 
Whilst it’s hard to give a definitive answer at the outset of your matter, it’s often easy for our personal injury solicitors Preston to give you a ball-park figure. 
 
So, so that you don’t have to ask the question, our expert team have created a video outlining what different injuries are worth, which you can see above. 
A graphic design of a man holding his injured knee.
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. 
Vicarious Liability is the principle that means employers can be held responsible for their employees negligence, that is, if that action occurred during the course of their employment or was sufficiently linked to their employment. 
A man falling off a ladder, as his yellow hard-hat falls off his head

Tags

Our site uses cookies. For more information, see our cookie policy. ACCEPT COOKIES MANAGE SETTINGS