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In the UK, children generally have to use a child car seat until they are either 135cm tall, or 12 years old (whichever event occurs first). After this, like ALL other adults, they must wear a seat belt. 
 
There are generally two types of seats you may look for: height-based seats, and weight-based seats. 
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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. 
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. 
Given that there were 1,793 reported deaths on the road in 2017 and over 24,800 serious injuries, it is clear that we need to be as careful and considerate as possible when we’re driving around on our day-to-day travels. On top of those who were sadly killed or seriously injured, there was over 170,000 casualties of all severities on the road in the same year. It’s important to remember, too, that these figures - as reported by gov.uk - only include road traffic accidents reported to the police, and not those that go unreported. This means that these figures could be even higher! 
 
So, if you’ve got a family member who has been the victim of a fatal car accident, what sort of claim for compensation could be made? 
Sometimes it can be a real rush to get out of the house in time. Whether it’s work or you’re going to run some errands or you are popping to the shops, the pull is always there to just slip on your easiest shoes – flip flips. 
 
But what most people don’t know, is that driving in flip flops could potentially land you with a fine of up to £5,000.00! (For those of you who don’t think that’s too bad, that’s over 5,555 pairs of Primark’s bargain £0.90 flip flops
The morning after a bank holiday weekend you may be valuing yourself at £10 (at best), on a good day would you say a million, two million, more? What do you take into account?The fact that you’re one of a kind, what kind of job you do, how much you have contributed to society, whether or not you have a family? Or none of those things because all humans are created equal? 
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. 
There are so many different reasons why you may be considering working full-time, whilst studying a law degree. You may be looking to change career, or you may just enjoy work. Whatever your reasons, you will want to go into the part-time-law-degree-full-time-work part of your life as prepared as you possibly can be. 
 
So, our Hope Jordan, who is currently embarking on that very journey, has decided to share a few of the pros and cons of choosing to study that way... 
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Whilst the act cannot deal with the neighbour’s children perfecting their drum solo at 1am it can prevent and resolve disputes involving party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. 

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