The Telegraph reports that drivers could see their car insurance rates rise sharply in the near future, due to an increase in insurers’ costs. The increase has been fuelled by larger pay-outs from the courts for people who receive life-changing injuries in car accidents.
Instead of just one large payment for injuries such as paralysis, courts have started awarding more Periodic Payment Orders (PPOs). PPOs are considered helpful when assessing future care needs.
A drink-driving case came to its conclusion yesterday at Manchester’s Crown Court, which concerned the tragic death of a 20-year-old girl on the M62 motorway near Rochdale, as reported by BBC News.
A 31-year-old asylum-seeker residing in Clayton, Wilfred Museka, was jailed after previously pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, driving with no insurance or valid licence and driving with excess alcohol, contrary to the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Following the release of yesterday’s report, members of Hillsborough victims’ families say they are going to push for criminal prosecutions to be undertaken, according to the BBC.
Trevor Hicks, who lost two daughters in the 1989 disaster, told BBC’s Newsnight that if the state doesn’t do anything, families will take matters into their own hands using lawyers.
A report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel has been released to relatives of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died as the result of a crush, according to the BBC.
The disaster occurred on 15 April 1989 during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium. A crush developed when a large number of Liverpool fans entered the stadium in a rush to watch the game, with little crowd control by police. 96 people died and a further 766 were injured, all of whom were Liverpool supporters.
With Bradley Wiggins’ recent Tour de France and Olympic Time Trial wins, and Team GB’s cycling team having a fantastic home Olympics, cycling is becoming more and more popular as both a leisure activity and a means of transport. As its popularity increases, there will no doubt be more legal ramifications.
As such, Prolegal have kindly taken some time to answer a few of the more common cycling questions relating to the law.
When health and safety regulations came into place their focus was on ensuring that we were kept safe outside of our home. Such regulations have particularly targeted workplace environments.
These originally good-natured rules have unfortunately come to pose obstacles to the running of everyday activities as they have often been misused. (more…)
A 33-year-old worker has suffered serious injuries, including a broken back, after falling from the roof of a two-storey house in Leeds. The injuries left the worker in hospital for 15 days and he will continue to be affected by his injuries for the rest of his life.
The incident happened when the worker was on the roof to install a flue liner down a chimney. The worker had put a ladder up to the roof and when he stepped onto it, the ladder gave way and he fell to the ground two storeys below.
A police officer who was injured in a motorcycle accident whilst on duty has been awarded £370,000 in an insurance settlement to compensate him for his injuries and his loss of earnings as he cannot return to work.
Steve Ball, 43, was injured in a head-on collision with another motorcyclist, an experience he described as “terrifying”, in Harrogate 26 July 2006. (more…)
Many people are confused about the difference between an accident and negligence. The boundary between a blameless accident and an accident that gives rise to a claim for compensation can be seen as blurred. The law, however, does make a distinction. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault and you want to know if you are entitled to personal injury compensation, you are advised to contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer is an expert at detecting when an accident becomes negligence at law. (more…)
In most traffic accident claims, the insurance companies will often deal with each other and cases will rarely result in court action. The insurance company of the person who caused the accident will be responsible for the damage to the third party. While it may be difficult to work out who caused the accident, the insurance companies will use experts to attempt to determine this. These experts will include personal injury solicitors. (more…)