The above quote is often used by bikers to celebrate getting out on the open road and paints a wonderful image, but even the bikers in our team at Harold Stock & Co appreciate that the road is not often the problem; it’s the other road users that can make the destination less … [Read more...] about Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
After a fall down some badly constructed stairs in a department store in Manchester, Audrey needed complicated shoulder surgery at a time when she should have been fit enough to help her husband cope with his deteriorating health. The department store initially tried to pass the buck back … [Read more...] about Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion – case summary
Whiplash injuries and claims can be avoided if drivers and passengers do a simple test this Injury Prevention Day (15 August). The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) with support from motoring safety experts Thatcham Research, is urging car users to protect themselves by making sure … [Read more...] about Cut whiplash injuries with the headrest test
As a specialist team with over 40 years experience in getting our clients the support and compensation that they deserve. We have seen a nervousness about asking for a second opinion. Whilst it has become the norm to change car insurer if you can find better cover, we are sometimes less confident … [Read more...] about Stick or Twist – Is it a gamble to change solicitor?
Whichever party forms the next Government, pressure from insurance companies will lead to the removal of the right to “proper” compensation for whiplash injuries that many of us have suffered in car crashes that have not been our fault. The changes will see compensation payments being slashed by … [Read more...] about The General Election will not stop big changes to personal injury awards
Are you a regular user of social media? Covert video surveillance has been used by insurance companies for a long time in claims for compensation arising out of an accident or other injury. With advances in technology, our team of experienced specialists have seen insurance companies increasingly … [Read more...] about Who’s Watching You?
From 20th March 2017, after a wait of 16 years, victims of accidents and medical mistakes will finally have their compensation worked out in a way that should help them to cover the costs of their rehabilitation and expenses going forwards. This week’s announcement by the Ministry of Justice that … [Read more...] about Discount Rate Change Should Help Those With Life Changing Injuries
Personal injury lawyers had their worst fears realised last week when the government confirmed it wants to press ahead with the raft of personal injury reforms flagged up in George Osborne’s last autumn statement. The consultation on personal injury, which includes a number of potential changes to … [Read more...] about Ministry of Justice set to impose £5,000 small claims limit
You may have heard that over the past year the government proposed to make further reforms to personal injury claims. One of these reforms was to effectively remove the right for people to claim for low value whiplash claims in an attempt to reduce the number of fraudulent claims being made for … [Read more...] about Government U-turn on Personal Injury Reforms
What do you need to know? New child car seat regulations were set to be introduced this December for children under 12 years of age or under 135cm in height. The changes have now been delayed until next year and are expected to come into force in March 2017. There is no need to panic, you … [Read more...] about New i-Size Child Car Seat Regulations
Following a landmark Supreme Court decision in the case of Hayward v Zurich late last month, insurers have now vowed to seek to overturn personal injury settlements if they believe there was any suggestion of fraud or dishonesty involved. … [Read more...] about Insurers vow to step up fraud investigations after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hayward v Zurich
Parliament may have now broken for its summer recess, but no further news about the fundamental shake up of the personal injury market has yet come to light. The consultation on the potential reform of the personal injury market proposals, driven by former Chancellor, George Osbourne, and including, … [Read more...] about Whiplash claims numbers fall by 11% in 2015/16 according to figures