Have you been injured while on a footpath or public highway?

When out walking, we’re not always aware of any dangers lurking just around the corner. While we shouldn’t be afraid of what we might see, if you’ve recently been injured while walking along a footpath or a public highway you might be feeling more cautious than usual.

Perhaps you had an accident with an obstruction on a walking surface or you ventured into dangerous utility or road works without realising. If you’re a pedestrian these obstructions aren’t always easy to spot, especially if there were no proper signs warning about their imminent danger.

While out walking at night it’s even easier to have an accident, especially if there was insufficient lighting in the area or the footpath you were walking along had a poorly maintained surface. All of these concerns should be the priority of the local authorities who have to ensure they are providing a reasonable level of care along public highways. This is so that people are kept safe and don’t find themselves involved in an accident.

Some areas of this law can be more complex, for example if it involves equipment left by a utility company then working out who the defendant is and why they should be held responsible can be tricky. This is because it has to be ascertained who is responsible for providing a safe work environment and ensuring that it’s properly maintained for pedestrians. Does the issue lie with the council, sub-contractors who carried out the work or the utility company itself? All of these are factors which have to be taken into consideration.

Call FREEPHONE FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for free initial advice on public highway or footpath injury claims

If you’re suffering and in physical pain due to being injured on a footpath or a public highway then you may be eligible for personal injury compensation.

Receive initial advice from Personal Injury Solicitors about your injury claim by calling us on 01722 422 300.

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High number of RTA claims suggests that referral fee ban is not working

The government’s plan to bring down the number of road traffic accident (RTA) claims made in the UK by introducing a ban on referral fees appears to have backfired as the number of claims were up by a quarter on statistics for the same period last year.

According to statistics collected by the RTA Portal Company, 17,000 more personal injury claims were opened in April 2013 than were made in April 2012. That means that in the month when the referral fee ban and other reforms came into force, the number of claims opened stood at 79,500.

As the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act loomed, there was a marked surge in the number of claims made with over 91,200 claims being made in March – a 25% increase on the number of claims made in February.

It should also be noted that the figures for claims made this April were very similar to this January’s figures and the numbers for last October and November as well.

A debate is currently going on between insurers and personal injury lawyers about the high number of whiplash claims in the UK and these recent findings will no doubt be of interest to those giving evidence in front of the House of Commons committee.

Despite the Jackson reforms, people were still making £1,200 claims before the end of April and it is quite possible that the reforms simply need time to settle in. In light of this, the true impact of LAPSO might not become clear until May’s figures are released.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has warned that proposals to increase the limit of the small claims court could lead to the growth of claims management companies which use under-qualified staff and intrusive marketing campaigns to try and attract work. What RTA victims really need are specialist personal injury claims solicitors but unfortunately the ban on referral fees is set to make it difficult for such professionals to work.

Our personal injury solicitors can help you win compensation

It is crucial that the solicitor you instruct to handle your RTA claim is a specialist solicitor with experience handling such claims. Our team of  personal injury solicitors are accredited experts and would be happy to help you win the compensation you deserve.

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Law Society chief calls for ban on CMCs

Claims management companies (CMCs) should be banned tomorrow according to the Chief Executive of the Law Society.

Desmond Hudson was giving evidence in front of the House of Common Transport Select Committee when he called for the ban, stating that CMCs were not lawful. The committee is currently investigating how much a recent increase in whiplash claims is adding to insurance premiums for UK drivers.

Mr Hudson was suggesting that whiplash victims should not be compensated but was arguing that CMCs were encouraging claimants to exaggerate their injuries and make false claims.

Both Hudson and Andrew Ritchie QC who joined him in giving evidence rejected the idea that the UK has become a hotspot for whiplash claims, suggesting that the number of personal injury claims for whiplash is in fact proportionate to the number of road traffic accidents each year.

Ritchie claimed that the STATS19 database used by the government for their statistics did not give an accurate picture. The database focuses on accidents which were reported to the police however it is estimated that the vast majority of minor accidents are not reported to police therefore making the figures wildly unrepresentative.

Many of the whiplash injuries generating claims are sustained in low speed accidents and Craig Budsworth, Chairman of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, claimed that this is explained by Britain’s overcrowded roads. No country in Europe has a lower average driving speed than the UK which perhaps explains the high number of low speed crashes.

On the question of regional trends for fraud, insurance giant Aviva’s Claims Director Dominic Clayden claimed that there was an inextricable link between cash-for-crash cases and the prevalence of CMCs.

The average insurance premium in the UK now stands at £440 and James Dalton, the Assistant Director of the Association of British Insurers claimed that the rise in whiplash claims was responsible for £90 of that figure.

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When you instruct our personal injury solicitors you will receive the attention of legal experts attached to a reputable firm of solicitors, unlike the service you receive from a claims management company.

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