Legal articles

Using your compensation for rehabilitation

Posted by Jeanette Whyman on March 21 2017 in Compensation claims, Medical negligence, Personal injury, Whiplash compensation

The first point to make is that most insurers have signed up to the voluntary Rehabilitation Code which is designed to help the injured claimant makes as quick and as thorough a recovery as possible. The beneficial effect of this for the defendant’s insurance company (or ‘compensator’) is to stop compensation costs escalating.

Manufacturing out of contract – whose terms are you contracting on?

Posted by Thomas Coe on March 21 2017 in Commercial transactions, Manufacturing

A contract for the manufacture of goods has recently expired, but what happens if to continue to receive orders? Manufacturing contracts are often entered into for a fixed period of time (often referred to as the “term” of the agreement). Whilst it helps to deal with what happens after the term of the contract, for example either automatically extending the contract into a “run-off” period, or even a provision that states the parties will review the situation, it is not always the case.

Hip resurfacing; claims against the manufacturer

Posted by Jeanette Whyman on March 20 2017 in Compensation claims, Health & social care, Manufacturing, Personal injury

Hip resurfacing, a type of hip replacement, was first introduced in the 1950s and was a disaster. It was not revisited until the 1980s when a team from Birmingham introduced a method of resurfacing using cobalt chromium. Initial results were excellent and this type of ‘metal on metal’ (MoM) hip replacement was embraced by surgeons worldwide.

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Avoidance Schemes

Posted by Matthew Sharp on March 20 2017 in Claims against professional advisers, Financial adviser negligence, Professional negligence

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) avoidance schemes have returned to the headlines following the handing down of a judgement of the First-Tier Tax Tribunal in the case of (1) Crest Nicholson (Wainscott) Limited (2) Crest Nicholson (South East) Limited (3) Crest Nicholson Operations Limited –v- The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, [2017] UKFTT 134 TC05628.

Can I complain about a doctor or hospital while I am undergoing treatment?

Posted by Jeanette Whyman on March 16 2017 in Compensation claims, Medical negligence

You can complain about your treatment while it is ongoing if you are concerned about any aspect of your care. In fact, the sooner you raise an issue, the more likely it is to be resolved quickly. It is understandable that you may feel embarrassed about complaining while you are in the middle of treatment, particularly if it concerns either a doctor or nurse, but a complaint is not the same as a legal claim.