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August 2019 Contents

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

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Personal Injury Articles
Case Report: M v Ghosh - Karen Cawood, Spencers Solicitors
The Claimant was involved in a road traffic accident which caused an exacerbation of neck and back symptoms stemming from another road traffic accident in December 2013...
How outdoor activities can support individuals in their recovery from brain injury - Bill Braithwaite QC
For many years practising as a brain injury specialist, I've seen people who, following severe brain injury, have found salvation in outdoor activities...
PI Practitioner, August 2019
Each issue a particular topic is highlighted, citing some of the useful cases and other materials in that area. This month we focus on the recent clinical negligence case CXB v North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 2053 (QB), which provides guidance as to the evidential value of witness evidence from recollection, when this is inconsistent with or unsupported by contemporaneous written records...
Case Report: Parker v Turner - Kristy Price, Spencers Solicitors
The Claimant was attended by paramedics at the scene of the accident and taken to A&E by ambulance. Advice and analgesia given...
How to choose the right Paralegal Course for you, and what to look out for if you are a PI Firm wishing to sponsor your Paralegal Employees - Amanda Hamilton, NALP
With the paralegal profession emerging as the fastest growing in the legal sector, and the fact that many PI Firms see the potential in employing paralegals, it's so important to choose the right course - one that is bespoke, fit for purpose and robust...
Summary of Recent Cases, August 2019
Here is a summary of the recent notable court cases over the past month...
Case Report: Mr R v Mr J Aslett - Helen Reynolds, Spencers Solicitors
On 02 May 2015, the Claimant (aged 44 at the time of the accident) was driving a Mercedes Sprinter van when an oncoming vehicle veered onto the wrong side of the road, colliding with the car in front and the claimant's vehicle. Liability for the accident was admitted by the insurers on behalf of the Defendant...
Medico-Legal Articles, Edited by Dr Hugh Koch
Review of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Contemporary Analysis (Koch H, Adeleye N, Willows J and Harrop C) - Hugh Koch
A recent article published in Expert Witness Journal discusses a contemporary analysis of medico-legal evidential issues in personal injury claims. PTSD is a contentious diagnosis as it raises many issues concerning reliability and validity for experts and the courts alike...
Legal Mind Case and Commentary No 22: Maintain robust and impartial opinions during the Joint Statement process [Koch HCH, Nolan L, Milner P & Adeleye N, 2019]
This is the twenty-second in a series of Case reports and Commentaries from Dr Koch and colleagues. Case: Yah v. Medway NHS Foundation Trust (2018) EWHC 2964 (QB)...
Clinical Negligence Medicine by Dr Mark Burgin
What is Soft Knowledge in General Practice? - Dr Mark Burgin
Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP considers the value of knowing about a patient and how anonymous care affects both communication and empowerment...
Life Expectancy - Dr Mark Burgin
Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP explains a methodology for Life reports as the 16th disability area based upon mathematical calculations...
Hidden Disability and Stigma - Dr Mark Burgin
Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP considers how to recognise and describe the hidden disabilities and avoid stigmatising those with medically unexplained symptoms...