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Sending damages to vulnerable clients or those receiving benefits – the risks and pitfalls

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 15th December 2016

Most personal injury practitioners will at some time or another act for vulnerable clients such as those with head injuries, learning disabilities or mental illness. Whilst these clients may have enough capacity to give instructions on the conduct of their claim, this does not necessarily mean they have the capacity to manage large sums of money. Failure to properly consider a client’s capacity to handle a damages award can have disastrous consequences.

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