The amount of money awarded in some clinical negligence claims can seem disproportionate to most people, but the following High Court case dispels this theory by demonstrating that people are living longer and care costs are ever rising.
To claim compensation for an asbestos related illness can be time-consuming and complex, which is why a solicitor can help and in the following case it was only due to the lawyer’s extensive work to discover the evidence that enabled a woman whose father had died to seek compensation and was awarded £110,000.
The Court of Appeal heard a test case in which the victim of a hit and run car accident has won the right to sue an unnamed driver who caused her injuries and damaged her car so badly that it had to be written off. This decision has wider ramifications for personal injury lawyers and the car insurance companies.
Fines imposed on companies for health and safety breaches are meant to hurt, but a previously unblemished record and steps taken to remedy shortcomings can be powerful mitigation. In one case, a kitchen appliances manufacturer that was ordered to pay £700,000 following a fatal accident had the penalty more than halved by the Court of Appeal.