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Case study of a disputed car accident where the defendant's insurance company backed down before trial Our client was the victim of a car accident. He was driving along a country lane when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. As a result of the car accident our client suffered personal injury and financial loss. We were appointed to pursue a compensation claim on his behalf. We agreed to deal with the case on a...

10 Things you need to do if you are bitten by a dog Dog bites and dog attacks are on the rise. Specialist solicitor James McNally deals with the legal fall out from these incidents on a daily basis. He is therefore ideally placed to advise on what to do if you are bitten by a dog. Here is James’ checklist of the 10 most important things you should do if you are injured in a dog attack: 1. Locate the owner...

James McNally is the dog attack solicitor who wins claims where other lawyers fail Slee Blackwell solicitor, James McNally, is one of the country’s foremost specialists in animal and dog related injury law. James is regularly consulted by victims of dog attacks who have been incorrectly advised that they cannot bring a claim for compensation. Although James is based in the South West he deals with claims for people from all over England and Wales. The following case study tells the...

Slee Blackwell’s head of Personal Injury, James McNally, has been approached by the BBC to assist with an ongoing investigation into accidents involving mobility scooters. Figures previously released by the Department of Transport showed that there were 4 reported incidents involving mobility scooters per week and although MPs have previously raised the issue of making driving tests for mobility scooters compulsory no such legislation has yet been passed. James and his team at Slee Blackwell have dealt with a number of mobility...

We deal with No Win - No Fee injury claims against landlords on a nationwide basis. Here is a case study of one such claim where a tenant was injured due to property disrepair whilst innocently making a cup of tea: Our client (who for confidentiality reasons we shall call 'Miss V') was a tenant at a property owned by the Defendant. An accident occurred when she was boiling a kettle in the kitchen at the property. Suddenly and without any warning...

We recently won a compensation claim on behalf of a woman who suffered a serious leg injury after slipping on a wet floor. A resident of a property suffered injury when she slipped on wet tiles after entering the building where she rented a flat. The accident occurred as she walked through the main entrance of the building, slipping on the floor tiles covering the threshold. Although the floor was wet and dangerously slippery there were no warning signs on display to alert...

Occupational skin cancer on the rise The number of work related skin cancer cases in rising alarmingly. As a result health professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers posed to workers, particularly those in certain high-risk occupations. Skin cancer prevention is consequently moving towards the top of the agenda with plenty of good quality information and resources being made available on line by organisations such as the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence - see for instance https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph32 Help is also available for...

Client wins a higher than expected sum of compensation in his public footpath injury claim We were delighted to negotiate a settlement of a client's public footpath injury claim for a sum that exceeded the amount his barrister had said the claim was likely to be worth. The deatils of the case were as follows: Our client was walking along a public footpath after having played at a local park with his young grandson. While walking he failed to notice a raised area on the...

While sea sickness is sometimes an unavoidable consequence of travelling the world’s oceans, there are forms of gastric illness arising on board ship that are completely preventable. On a holiday cruise where passengers are in close proximity in a confined environment, it is vital that the highest standards of hygiene are maintained. If cleanliness standards slip then bacterial or viral infections can quickly spread around a ship in an unforgiving manner. Holiday sickness can turn even the best planned holiday into...

James McNally, a personal injury lawyer at our Taunton office, reviews the rise in holiday illness claims Holiday illness compensation claims are becoming increasingly common. In years gone by us Brits were told not to drink the water when venturing abroad. Anyone who did so and was struck down with a ‘bug’ had only themselves to blame. Things have moved on since then and people are far less accepting of holiday sickness, especially when it is preventable and arises as a result of...