All Accidents

OptimalSolicitors Tue, 05/01/2018 - 17:47

The Parliamentary Review

It is with immense pride that we are able to say that in the summer of 2017 we were selected for publication within The Parliamentary Review.
Sarah Gledhill Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:35

Equal Pay in the Workplace

It seems only fitting that on the 100-year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote the momentum surrounding women’s equality is stronger than ever. With all the ‘Time’s Up’ and ‘Me Too’ campaigns it’s hard to ignore the fact that despite how far equal rights have come, women are still having to fight to get equality in the workplace. This is no different for the issue of equal pay and with recent, high profile scandals within the BBC and Tesco it seems that this is going to be very much in the foreground for the foreseeable future, and quite rightly so!
Imran Salim Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:54

Fundamental Dishonesty in Personal Injury Claims

When you have an accident and suffer loss, the law says that you should be put in the same position as if the accident never happened. So, say you lost income you will be compensated for the precise amount of the loss. Injuries are given a financial value and once more you receive money for the injuries suffered in the accident. But, what if you try to profit or gain from an accident. Can you do this? Well, unfortunately not. Moreover, the implications of putting forward a claim that is not honest and genuine are very serious indeed.
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:21

Accidents Involving Children

Accidents happen and if accidents happen then sometimes children will be involved. A person is classified as a child in the UK if they are below the age of 18. Once they attain that milestone then they are assumed to have full legal capacity. Before the age of 18 a child has no legal capacity. In terms of accident claims this means that the child (or minor as they are sometimes called) cannot themselves progress or defend a claim. So if the child cannot deal with the case, who does?
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:17

Motorcycle accidents

Like all other road users, motorcycle riders owe the same duty of care as other users of the highway. However, save from cyclists, motorcyclists are unique in not being cocooned within a vehicle and are therefore uniquely vulnerable on the open road. Motorcyclists tend to be very cautious drivers. Pity about those around them. There are however some unique types of accidents that can afflict even the most careful and experienced of motorcycle riders.
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:07

When Insurers don't pay up

Like many holidaying couples Paulina Krzysztoszek and her husband Morgan purchased travel insurance to cover their holiday of a lifetime to the Far East. They chose an insurer who provided a comprehensive policy that seemed to meet their needs. Baggage loss was covered, theft, and medical expenses all standard stuff for a holiday insurance policy . Reassured that they had done the right thing they set off on their holidays in the comfort that should something go wrong they had the backing of a seemingly reputable insurer. Unfortunately for Morgan, upon arrival in Singapore he developed problems breathing and was admitted to hospital on the 31st May 2017 with a life threatening condition. Paulina contacted their insurers, certain that they would pick up the tab for the medical bills. However, they refused to pay out citing an exclusion that they don’t have to pay for any medical condition related to a pre-existing problem.
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:02

What to do if you have a car accident

Nobody wants to be involved in a car accident, but if you are unlucky enough to be involved in one it is important to know what to do. It is always best to take the right action immediately after your accident to deal with it smoothly and quickly.
Samira Choudhry Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:54

Special damages in Personal Injury Claims

Compensation in personal injury cases is made up of two different types of loss, being “general damages” and “specials damages”. “General damages” relate to receiving monies for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (compensation) which has arisen from your physical and/or psychological suffering due to the accident. Since each accident and Claimant are unique, no precise value can be ascribed to such loss. In essence, this is a touchy-feely loss which is either agreed with a compensator in amount or decided by a judge taking into account all of the facts of the case.
Imran Salim Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:57

Road Traffic Accidents involving cyclists

ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PEDAL CYCLISTS One of the features of modern motoring is the proliferation of cycle lanes on the highway, often squeezed into narrow town roads that were only ever constructed wide enough to comfortably accommodate two-way vehicular traffic in the first place. Take the morning commute. As a car driver, you despair at the seemingly reckless cyclists who dart in and around cars, maybe ignoring the normal rules of the road. Cyclists on the other hand criticise the vehicle drivers for failing to see them or not providing them space.
Imran Salim Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:48

Occupiers' Liability Claims & people lawfully on the premises

Accidents commonly occur on property or land owned by somebody else. We call these “occupiers’ liability claims”. They include all sorts of accidents in all types of places, such as slipping in a supermarket or tripping in a park, an accident in a children’s play area, a shop, or a garage. In such cases, the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 will be relevant.