Road Traffic Accidents: European Night without Accidents Saturday 19th Oct

October is the month when most road traffic accidents resulting from drink driving occur. AA DriveTech, part of the AA, has joined forces with ‘Don’t Be That Someone’ and ‘Tune Into Traffic’ to support the European Night Without Accidents which is to take place on Saturday 19th October 2013. It is an annual awareness campaign, […]

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Damages for bereavement needs to be changed

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) are calling for changes to be made to damages for bereavement in England and Wales. APIL carried out a survey in which 80% of respondents said that the Scottish system for bereavement damages is fairer. Currently, in England and Wales, damages for bereavement is a payment of a […]

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Rolls Royce prosecuted for man’s permanent injury

Rolls Royce has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee was diagnosed with a permanent injury which has left him with nerve damage. The HSE prosecuted Rolls Royce after Allan Thornewill, from Derby, developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome following exposure to high levels of vibration at the firm’s premises in […]

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MPs say insurers encourage false whiplash claims

A group of MPs have accused the motor insurance industry of encouraging fraud and exaggeration in car accident claims, including false whiplash claims. This comes after AXA insurance called for MRI scans and X-rays to be used to diagnose whiplash for a compensation claim to be made. MPs on the Transport Select Committee said that […]

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Calls for MRI scans to diagnose whiplash

There have been calls for MRI scans and X-rays to diagnose whiplash injuries and reduce false whiplash claims. Melanie Lidstone-Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co explains, “Whiplash is a soft tissue injury. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the injury, it would be difficult for MRI scans to show evidence of whiplash.” […]

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Drivers admit to not taking regular breaks

In a recent survey carried out by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line, more than half of drivers polled admitted to not taking regular breaks whilst driving on long journeys. 55% of drivers did not follow guidance to take rest breaks every two hours on a long trip. Plus, 35% of drivers of the […]

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Police officer killed on training exercise

Greater Manchester Police and one of its officers have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a police officer was killed on a training exercise when he was shot by a colleague. PC Ian Terry, 32, died during a firearms training session at a disused warehouse in June 2008. The training exercise […]

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The Changing Face of Personal Injury Claims

31 July 2013 heralds major changes in personal injury law which affect both client and lawyer. Swain & Co Solicitors LLP, despite these changes, remain committed to providing the highest level of service for all our existing and future personal injury claims clients. For that reason we believe it is important to advise clients of these changes […]

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Bride to be killed in car accident because of speeding driver

A speeding driver who killed a 23 year old bride in a car accident to be has been sentenced to prison for 16 months. Luke Anderson, 23, lost control of his vehicle on a dangerous bend whilst travelling at speeds of up to 81 mph and killed Miss Seeley who was travelling in the opposite […]

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