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Psychiatric injury in secondary victim claims and the scope of proximity

Sonia Rani

Posted by Sonia Rani | Solicitor
On 4th December 2019

Last month judgment was handed down in the case of Paul v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 2893 (QB), the findings of which, reminds legal practioners of the difficulty in bringing psychiatric injury claims on behalf of secondary victim Claimants. This was an unusual case in many ways but it is notable that Master Cook made an Order to strike out the Claimant’s case following the Defendant’s strike out application pursuant to CPR Rules 3 and 24 –on the basis that the claim disclosed no reasonable grounds for bringing the claims and / or that the claim had no reasonable prospect of success.

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Can I make a claim for compensation after a hit and run accident?

Claire Sadler

Posted by Claire Sadler | Paralegal
On 4th December 2019

The phrase “hit and run” is unfortunately heard fairly often in the news. A “hit and run” is where a motorist leaves the scene of an accident without giving their details. It is an offence to fail to stop at the scene of an accident and the law says that under Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 where an accident has taken place and either damage or personal injury has been caused, the driver is required to remain at the scene of the accident and provide their name and address.

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Nerve injuries – is there an average award?

James Bell

Posted by James Bell | Partner
On 3rd December 2019

The simple answer is that there is no such thing as an average award for any type of clinical negligence claim nor for any type of nerve injury case, in particular.

The courts do not use a tariff system and the way that compensation is calculated depends on individual factors for each individual injured person. There is no “one size fit all“ type award. Each damages award is bespoke for calculated solely for that individual case.

The compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the type of injury you have suffered and how serious it is.

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Financial Conduct Authority reluctantly accepts responsibility for cryptocurrencies

Timothy Thomas

Posted by Tim Thomas | Partner
On 3rd December 2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the UK’s primary conduct regulator for the financial services sector and derives its regulatory and enforcement powers from the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000. Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Etheurem, exist only electronically and use a peer-to-peer system supported by blockchain technology for onward transfer.

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Sign here – electronically?

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 2nd December 2019

The importance of a signature
A signature is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as:

“your name written by yourself, always in the same way, usually to show that something has been written or agreed by you”

A signature on a document will legally bind you to obligations (and rights) contained in that document. It does not always have to be with one’s own hand and variations of a signature does not always invalidate a document…

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