Accident Claims and Personal Injury

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The shocking news that a woman in Suffolk was this week killed by stampeding cattle whilst out walking her dog in field is a salutary lesson to us all to carefully observe our rights and obligations as members of the public and as landowners who have public footpaths crossing their land. This is an increasing concern to landowners following the Governments introduction of the so called “right to roam” legislation. The Countryside Code for walkers has received a great deal of...

A recent decision by the Law Lords is likely to help victims of rape and sexual assault. Mrs A has been given the go-ahead to bring a claim for compensation against Iorworth Hoare, who was jailed for life for attempted rape and sexual assault in 1989. Shortly after the assault Mrs A successfully applied for damages under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme but was only awarded £5,000, despite her significant psychological injuries. At the time of the attack Hoare himself was...

A recent poll (of 13 people in this office) revealed not only that tadpoles were the most popular pet but that of the 84.6% of us who had pets only 36% had insurance. If this is representative of the rest of the country it would mean that the majority of us are not just in danger of expensive vet’s bills but possibly expensive legal bills as well. This is because the House of Lords has decided that if an animal...