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April 2019 Contents

Welcome to the April 2019 issue of PI Brief Update Law Journal. Click the relevant links below to read the articles.

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Personal Injury Articles
FREE SAMPLE from 'A Practical Guide to Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims' by Andrew Mckie, Ian Skeate, Gareth McAloon
Generally this book covers issues in relation to NIHL and hearing loss claims, and in particular focuses on the day-to-day issues in practice that one encounters with such cases including spotting the 'winners' and 'losers' quickly and efficiently, practical tips for investigation, litigation tactics, as well as a summary of the law, the important cases, and how to run these claims efficiently...
Autonomous Vehicles May Be Motoring Towards the UK, but Who Is Liable if They Crash Along the Way? - Paul Fretwell, George Ide LLP
Now that the Automated and Electric Vehicles (AEV) Act is enshrined in law, will the government deliver 'automatic' compensation for injured victims of driverless cars? According to recent media reports, fully driverless cars are expected to...
Was LASPO Part 2 worth the bother? - Qamar Anwar, First4Lawyers
Was part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) worth the bother? I can guess the reply of most claimant lawyers - and indeed of defendant lawyers - but now the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has had its say, publishing the long-awaited post-implementation review in January...
FREE BOOK CHAPTER from 'An Introduction to Beauty Negligence Claims - A Practical Guide for the Personal Injury Practitioner' by Greg Almond
This book is intended to assist the personal injury practitioner when considering new enquiries and when handling beauty claims - it is an entry level guide and will be especially useful for practitioners who have not undertaken this work before and are looking to expand their service offering...
Editorial: Credit Hire Mock Trial - Aidan Ellis, Temple Garden Chambers
On 8 May 2019, I will be participating in a credit hire mock trial in Manchester. I would like to thank the organiser, the Credit Hire Organisation, for allowing me the opportunity to indulge my judicial fantasies. More importantly, this is a valuable event because it will allow us the opportunity to demonstrate how credit hire arguments play out in the Court room...
Mr S v Evans: Road traffic accident (bicycle) leg broken in 3 places - Karen Cawood, Spencers Solicitors
In January 2016, the claimant (age 68 at the time of the accident) was cycling around a roundabout when the defendant collided with the cyclist and knocked him into the road. Emergency services were called to the accident location where the claimant...
AI and Robots, in personal injury claims? - Tim Wallis, Trust Mediation
News that a 'robot mediator' has been used to settle a dispute in the court system, for what is believed to be the first time, was reported in Legal Futures recently. Is this for real? Will lawyers and insurers use robots to settle routine personal injury claims?...
Summary of Recent Cases, April 2019
Here is a summary of the recent notable court cases over the past month...
PI Practitioner, April 2019
Each issue a particular topic is highlighted, citing some of the useful cases and other materials in that area. This month we consider the case of Peter Matthew & 5 others v (1) Barrie Sedman (2) Thomas William Hallam (3) Peter James Roberts [2019] EWCA Civ 475 which concerned limitation periods...
An Update from North of the Border, Edited by Kate Donachie, Brodies LLP
Fraudulent claims; are England and Scotland moving in different directions? - Kate Donachie, Brodies LLP
In a time of significant change to the civil litigation system, the approach to fraudulent exaggeration of insurance claims is diverging North and South of the border. This combination of developments may lead to a perfect storm for fraudulent claims in Scotland...
Clinical Negligence Medicine by Dr Mark Burgin
How to Run a Personal Injury Compensation System - Dr Mark Burgin
Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP provides a detailed response to the issues facing the MOJ in 2019 and offers a solution that could change how law is delivered in the UK...
How To Investigate A Medical Mistake As Cheaply As Possible - Dr Mark Burgin
Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP explains why a GP expert rather than a lawyer or a McKenzie friend should be the first point of call for those with a limited budget...
Medical Records Review in Personal Injury - Dr Mark Burgin
Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP explains why MedCo should consider providing guidance on medical records review to experts and solicitors...