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Are Yorkshire people missing out on compensation for genuine injuries?

By Sean Gordon, Senior Solicitor, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

NEWLY published research has suggested people in the Yorkshire and Humberside region are the most reluctant in the UK to claim compensation for genuine personal injuries – due to a fear of contributing to the so-called ‘compensation culture’.

The report, carried out on behalf of the solicitors’ network, QualitySolicitors, suggests many people are being left out of pocket – on average £1,064 – as a result of not claiming compensation to cover extra costs such as medical bills and time not working.

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12/09/2014 No Comments

Whiplash claims debate rages on

By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Whiplash injury claims seem to be a real bone of contention at the moment. Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, has been particularly vocal on the topic, veering between demanding a reform of the claims system and calling for a ban on whiplash payouts altogether.

Amongst the company’s recommendations is the introduction of a new process whereby victims put their claims directly to the insurer of the driver who caused the crash. By cutting out the middlemen, Aviva expects that car insurance premiums will be cut by, on average, £60 per year – a real coup for motorists no?

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06/08/2014 No Comments

Have the Jackson Reforms brought the non-specialist firms out of the woodwork?

By Chris Moore, Medical Negligence expert and Senior Solicitor at Neil Hudgell Solicitors

One of the reforms introduced by Lord Jackson was to impose fixed costs on many personal injury cases from April 2013. Medical Negligence claims are not covered by fixed costs. Insurers have revealed that they have been alerted by an increase in firms seeking “delegated authority” for insurance cover  for clinical negligence claims. Authority is provided prior to a claim being brought and before experts reports have been produced.

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11/07/2014 No Comments

First Choice’s Holiday Village Woes Continue…

We have recently posted that the Holiday Village Majorca seems to have an issue with sickness and diarrhoea thought to be caused by contaminated pool water however this is not the only hotel in this chain to have this issue; the Hotel Village Algarve seems to be currently experiencing similar issues, this is off the back of an outbreak at the Hotel Village Benalmadena last month.

We are aware of holidaymakers suffering with diarrhoea, cramps and vomiting; and children having itchy rashes, possibly linked to the pool water; a concern for any parent when the resort caters mainly for families with young children.

What is more concerning is we have spoken to a guest due to travel to this resort within a week, who has been told that there are no plans to accommodate her or her party of 3 under-5’s elsewhere. She has asked to remain anonymous but has expressed her concern for her friend with a serious bowel condition and the children in her party;

“When they have known about this illness for over a week now, and it will be two weeks when we go; I am furious that First Choice feel they can play Russian Roulette with our lives in this way”

TripAdvisor, an unbiased consumer based review site, has been inundated with comments;

“Me and my partner and 3 kids-8,6, baby of 9months,all came down with a form of vomiting and diarrhora [sic.] also my six year old came out with some horrible skin rash which I think came from a dirty pool-which I never see get cleaned.”

“I got the server [sic.] sickness and diarrhoea bug like many others in the hotel. Room was full of ants and kitchen work surfaces and dining table was never ever wiped when asked manager Jo why this was, her answer was the maids only make the beds and sweep!”

“…the main venue it smelt of sewage and the right hand ladies toilet leaked”

“I witnessed a maid clean up sick by using a dustpan and brush in the restaurant.”

“in the restaurant there is birds flying everywhere and dirty mouldy placemats.”

“We have just got back from a weeks holiday here and 7 out of 10 of our group all came down with a sickness and tummy bug … ruined out holiday !!”

“My 1yr old has had diahorrea [sic.] for most of the holiday and the 6yr has a skin infection from the pool. Nearly every child we saw around the pool had a sore chin which I am told by my dr it is due to poor water quality from the pools.”

“Food was uncovered and wasn’t Hot it was just room temperature. Also cold food didn’t seem very chilled either.”

“My 2 daughters also got diarrhoea and dry rashly skin, which I’m told is from dirty pool water. Reps wasn’t very helpful in the sickness bug matter and kept trying to shrug it off saying you can’t expect anything less from a hotel full of kids.”

These reports of general poor hygiene in the hotel complex and issues in the swimming pool seem to be a common feature of improper cleanliness. The standards observed are well below those we expect, particularly maids cleaning up vomit and bodily waste with dustpans and brushes; this does not kill infection. This is a severe concern for those coming back from the Holiday Village, those still in residence and those yet to travel.

If you have been affected by this outbreak, or any other holiday illness in the last 3 years please contact one of our experts for a free discussion regarding your potential No Win – No Fee claim.

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05/06/2014 No Comments

Miners failed by Raleys Solicitors may be entitled to more compensation for their vibration injuries.

By , professional negligence expert, Neil Hudgell Solicitors.

Between 1999 and 2012, £1.7 billion was paid to miners who suffered vibration injuries whilst working for the National Coal Board, British Coal Corporation and UK Coal.  Hundreds of millions of pounds were also paid to solicitors to advise the miners how to make these claims and the reasonableness of any compensation offers made to them.

But one particular firm – Raleys Solicitors – failed to advise their clients properly and on November 6 2013 His Honour Judge Gosnell, sitting at Leeds County Court, ruled against Raleys Solicitors for the second time for giving injured miners negligent advice.

Miners entitled to claim more for vibration injuries

The case in question was that of Mr Procter.  He had received £11,141 for his injuries but could have, had he received the correct advice, received almost double that amount.  This is because Mr Procter was entitled to make a claim for the tasks he was no longer able to do for himself as a result of his injuries such as DIY, decorating and car maintenance.

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16/12/2013 No Comments

Japanese Knotweed: compensation claims when your house surveyor fails to identify this invasive plant

By Andy Petherbridge, legal expert in professional negligence claims

knotweedWhenever you go through the stress of buying a new house there are always a number of problems you may have to overcome – damp, mould, cracks in walls, badly fitting windows to name but a few.

All these usually become apparent after a detailed survey of the interior of the property.

But many surveyors often pay scant or even no regard to problems which may be outside in the garden.

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17/09/2013 No Comments

Don’t get mugged by an insurer: brain injury victims may lose out on vital compensation warns the Law Society

Blog by Andrew McGowan

Neil Hudgell Solicitors is backing a plea from the Law Society that personal injury victims who have suffered brain damage should seek the advice of a specialist personal injury solicitor.

According to the Law Society, vulnerable individuals who often have especially complex claims will greatly benefit from the legal expertise of a solicitor.  In a recent press release, the Law Society quotes research from the Financial Services Authority which revealed that personal injury claimants who turned down an insurer’s initial offer and took legal advice from a solicitor received, on average, almost three times more compensation.  The Law Society’s release goes on to say that pursuing a claim with a solicitor will mean you will get what you are genuinely entitled to.

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29/07/2013 No Comments

Healthcare, is this for real?

There are a lot of headlines around at the moment involving the performance of care homes, hospitals, individual surgeons, the NHS itself and whether or not they are regulated properly. Unfortunately, behind all these headlines, are real people and families affected by treatment and care that has gone wrong.

Those people, will in all likelihood, find themselves in a situation that is distressing and unfamiliar to them and which puts them under a great deal of pressure perhaps from the health point of view and financially.

So what do you do if you find yourself in this situation?

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28/06/2013 No Comments

Some personal injury solicitors might start charging but not Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Simon Wilson at Hudgell Solicitors

…we’re continuing to guarantee a quality, no win no fee service to clients.

There’s a lot of change going on in the legal profession at the moment.  New laws,  part of the so-called Jackson Reforms, affect how much of their costs a client can claim back from the other side and, consequently, whether or not a client can expect to keep all damages recovered on their behalf.

Most law firms are now looking at making a claimant pay them a percentage of any damages won to cover legal services and fees.

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18/04/2013 No Comments

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