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Slee Blackwell Solicitors specialise in dealing with motorcycle accident claims, especially those involving serious injury. Our expertise in this area has led to the firm being included as a recommended practice in the independent legal guide, the Legal 500. Our Bideford office on North Devon, has just been instructed to act for a young London man who lost his right leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident in the Vauxhall area of London last month. We are representing him in...

Barnstaple accident solicitors, Slee Blackwell, are handling a claim for a North Devon man who is lucky to be alive. Mr David Machin is making a miraculous recovery from a severe head injury that almost killed him last November. He was working at the South Molton premises of South West Metals Ltd when he was hit on the back of the head by a bolt that had sheared off from the jib of a grabber crane, which a fellow worker had...

Personal injury solicitor, James McNally reports on yet another unsavoury marketing ploy adopted by unqualified injury claims companies In recent months a number of clients have expressed concern about unsolicited text messages they have received from personal injury claims management firms offering to deal with their accident claim. The fact that people with ongoing personal injury claims have received messages seems to have been more luck then judgment as the texts appear to have been part of a mass marketing campaign and...

Personal injury solicitor, John Hasson reviews the decision. One of the advantages of travelling First Class on Virgin Atlantic is that passengers can make use of the airline’s Terminal 3 Clubhouse at Heathrow Airport. I’ve never been fortunate enough to personally experience the delights of Virgin’s First Class Service but amongst the facilities on offer at the Clubhouse is the provision of Shiatsu massage treatments. These treatments are provided to travellers by a number of beauty therapists, two of whom developed repetitive...

Lee Dawkins, Solicitor and Law Society Personal Injury Law Panellist, investigates We are often asked if children can bring a claim for compensation for personal injury suffered in an accident that was not their fault. The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes”! In fact, not only are children allowed to bring a claim for damages, there is a legal obligation on the parents and guardians to pursue such a case where the child is likely to have reasonable prospects of...

Personal injury solicitor James McNally considers the duty owed by farmers to protect members of the public using rights of way over their land In earlier articles on this site we have discussed the risk of injury that cattle pose to walkers alongside the duties that the Animals Act 1971 imposes on animal owners. The potential for farmers being held liable for accidents involving cattle on their land has been highlighted once again in the recent decision of McKaskie v Cameron. On...

Personal injury solicitor, John Hasson, looks at what this means for people claiming compensation for asbestos related illness All 7 judges in the linked Supreme Court cases of Sienkiewicz (Administratrix of the Estate of Enid Costello Deceased) v Greif (UK) LTD and Knowsley MBC v Willmore ruled that there was no minimum level of exposure to asbestos below which no liability would attach to the Defendants. Mrs Willmore was exposed to asbestos whilst she was a school pupil whereas Mrs Costello was...

Having been a specialist injury solicitor for over 25 years, I am used to hearing the following phrases:- “My friend told me you should never accept the first offer they make.” “Insurers are always happy to take your money, but they will wait until the last minute until they pay out.” “My mate/uncle/bloke down the pub who had a similar injury got £20,000 more than that…” “I don’t care what you say, I’m not accepting £XXX and I am happy to take my chances...

What is a CRU Certificate? A CRU Certificate is a document issued by the Department of Work and Pensions Compensation Recovery Unit and shows the amount of recoverable benefit if any, which applies to your accident claim. Why have I received this CRU Certificate? You have received a CRU Certificate because you are making a personal injury claim for compensation. The Defendants are under a legal obligation to register all claims with the Compensation Recovery Unit. This will apply whether the claim involves...

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 came into force on 1st January 1993 and have since then proved invaluable in ensuring that people at work are provided with suitable and effective equipment to protect them against risks to their health and safety. That equipment can range from safety goggles to waterproof clothing and failure to provide it can result in the employer being held responsible for a personal injury claim or even being prosecuted and fined by the...