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Personal Injury Claims

There are various types of loss for which an accident victim can claim compensation, including:-

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Increased Access To Justice: The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings)(Scotland) Act 2018 and what it means for you

On 1st May 2018 the Scottish Parliament passed the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings)(Scotland) Act 2018, receiving Royal Assent on 5th June 2018. This Act is the result of a review into the funding of civil litigation in Scotland by Sheriff Principal Taylor in 2013.  His review concluded that more needed to be done to increase access to justice for the average person.

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Dallas McMillan’s Personal Injury team sets new record for compensation recovered for clients

July 2018 saw Dallas McMillan’s Personal Injury team set a new record for compensation recovered for clients. In that month alone, the team recovered compensation totalling in excess of £1.3m for clients throughout Scotland.

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Don't sell your claim short - contact our expert team

When making a claim for compensation it is important to remember that you only have one chance to recover compensation for any injuries you sustained as a result of an accident, be it a road traffic accident, an accident at work or a slipping and tripping accident. You have three years from the date of your accident to recover compensation and if your case settles you are not entitled to go back and seek more compensation at a later date. You must therefore make sure that you appoint the right Solicitors to deal with your case, to ensure that your claim settles for its maximum possible value.

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What are my rights if bad weather affects how I get to work?

Hundreds of schools are closed and travel has been disrupted after wintry conditions have brought heavy snow and ice across the UK.

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New Oversight Body to Improve Product Safety

The UK Government has announced the launch of a new national oversight body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs. 

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Decision to Refuse Sanction for Counsel in Low Value Personal Injury Case Overturned by Sheriff Appeal Court

The Sheriff Appeal Court has overturned a decision to refuse sanction for the employment of counsel in a low value personal injury case.

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Calls for More Action to Reduce Driver Distraction

A coalition of road safety organisations has called on the mobile phone industry to do more to help reduce the number of people killed or injured on the roads as a result of distracted drivers.

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New Bill Could See Better Access to Justice for Many Scots

A new Bill which is set to change the costs that people pay when going to court could help many more get access to justice. The potential expense of going to court is a significant deterrent for many people looking to pursue legal action in civil courts, even in cases where they have a legitimate and justified claim.

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The Cost of Going to Court

Holyrood’s Justice Committee has begun its scrutiny of the Civil Litigation Bill and has launched a call for evidence seeking views on the cost of going to court.

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Nurse who slipped and fell on wet hospital floor awarded just under £50,000

A nurse who slipped and fell on a wet hospital floor has been awarded compensation of just under £50,000.

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Share prices fall as UK insurers hit back at change in personal injury rate

UK insurers have attacked the UK Government over their changes to the Discount Rate, a move that will cost the industry millions of pounds, and will see price increases in premiums for individual and business customers. This is the first time the rate has changed since 2001, and has been calculated based on the decline in strength of low risk investment schemes such as Investment-Linked Gilks.

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Exposure to Asbestos Continues to Put Lives at Risk

A recent BBC report highlighted the number of people who are continuing to suffer serious, and often, fatal illnesses as a result of exposure to asbestos.

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Statistics Reveal Fall in Number of Personal Injury Cases

There was a fall in the number of personal injury cases initiated in the Scottish civil courts in 2015-16, according to the latest civil justice statistics from Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

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Protecting EU Consumers from Dangerous Products

The European Commission has recently published its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products.

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Compensation for Medical Negligence

The care received in hospitals in the UK is generally of a high standard, but sometimes mistakes are made, which can have tragic consequences for patients and their families.

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Injury to Child in the Care of a Family Friend

Occupiers Liability - Anderson V Imrie, [2016] CSOH 171

As recent decision from the Court of Session deals with an issue at the forefront of working family life; suitable and appropriate childcare.  Many parents employ the help of nurseries or childminders but it is certainly common for friends and family step in to offer assistance. The case of Anderson v Imrie highlights the duty on a caregiver, even in an informal setting, where a foreseeable risk of injury is met with negligent supervision.   

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Recent results for UCATT and ACCORD members

Our Personal Injury Team handle a large volume of claims on behalf of members of UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians – now Unite Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians) and Accord.

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COPFS Announces Fatal Accident Inquiries

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has announced that it will be using new legislation to hold, for the first time, a joint Fatal Accident Inquiry. The announcement follows investigations into two separate fatal accidents at motor sport events.

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Woman Awarded Compensation for Husband’s Death

A woman has been awarded compensation amounting to £335,000 after medical staff failed to prevent the death of her husband from heart failure, reports the Daily Mail.

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