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How to make a personal injury claim

Molly Puntis
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If you’ve had an accident that has left you with an injury, you may be wondering how to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  It is important that you know your rights and the information you need to gather to ensure you see the best result to enable you to rebuild your life. Molly Puntis, Personal Injury Claims Handler, here takes you through the basics of how to make a personal injury claim, and explains how we can help you in more ways than claiming compensation.

I had an accident at work; what are my rights?

Aimee Brown
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If you have had an accident at work that was not your fault, then you may have the right to bring a claim for compensation. While you may be concerned about bringing a claim against your employer for fear of being treated unfairly, or even losing your job, you have the right to not be treated detrimentally for bringing the claim. Aimee Brown, Personal Injury Executive, explains more here about your rights if you have an accident at work, and the steps you should take following an accident.

What is secondary exposure to asbestos and can I bring a claim?

Catriona Ralls
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Secondary exposure to asbestos is when someone who does not typically come in to contact with the substance is exposed through the transference of the asbestos fibres. Catriona Ralls, mesothelioma specialist within our Personal Injury, here explains more about secondary exposure to asbestos and whether you can bring a claim for compensation if you develop this life threatening illness.

Family life under the microscope for this year's Child Safety Week

Deborah Foundling
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Keeping your family safe in today’s modern world is the theme this year for Child Safety Week; an annual campaign organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of how we can keep our children safe.  Deborah Foundling, Associate Solicitor in our Personal Injury team, explains the theme and highlights some key safety tips from the charity.

Brain Drain theme for this year's Action for Brain Injury Week

Dan Thompson
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One of the most commonly experienced effects of brain injury is the focus of this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week, which runs this week from 20th May to 26th May. 

Be Bike Smart this Road Safety Week

Symron Amani
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Each year, we support road safety charity Brake’s Road Safety Week campaign, and this year is no different.  Symron Bhakar, Personal Injury Claims Handler, discusses why their theme this year of being Bike Smart is such an important one and how we...

Family of secretary who died from mesothelioma awarded compensation

Catriona Ralls
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Employers are once again being reminded of their responsibilities regarding asbestos following a compensation award of £360,000 for the family of a woman who died from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in her workplace.  Catriona Ralls,...

One in four construction workers may have been exposed to asbestos

Catriona Ralls
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A recent survey from the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) has revealed that one in four construction workers believe they could have been exposed to asbestos and therefore susceptible to developing the fatal illness, mesothelioma.  Catriona Ralls, Industrial Disease specialist, reviews here the results of the survey and why it is so important that workers in this sector take the proper precautions.

Warner Goodman donate £3,000 to SERV Wessex

Dan Thompson
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Local law firm Warner Goodman have beaten their pledge to donate £2,500 to SERV Wessex.  The initial £1,000 was made as a donation from the firm, however the final £2,000 was raised from a 22 mile walk 10 members of staff completed on Sunday 29th April.

Can drink impact your holiday insurance claim?

Molly Puntis
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Having an accident while on holiday will certainly dampen your trip, but could your insurance be invalid if you had that accident after a few drinks?  Molly Puntis, Personal Injury Claims Handler, here reviews the recent news around this topic, and gives some guidance on the steps you should take if you have an accident while on holiday.

Could asbestos have reached you through secondary exposure?

Catriona Ralls
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The now banned use of asbestos in property and industry has led to thousands of fatalities over recent decades.  According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2015 there were 2,542 deaths from mesothelioma, an incurable lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  

Road Safety Week reminds us all about the dangers of speeding

Molly Puntis
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Speeding in the UK continues to be a problem for drivers and is the cause of almost a third of collisions on our roads. Molly Puntis, Claims Handler in our Personal Injury team at Warner Goodman, sees first hand the consequences of such incidents and here they explain why they support Road Safety Week each year.

What are my responsibilities as an employer regarding asbestos?

Deborah Foundling
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Despite the abolishment of using asbestos in buildings almost 20 years ago, there are still over 2,000 deaths a year caused by exposure to the material.  These are mainly due to lung cancer and mesothelioma, which can take years to develop following the initial exposure.  

Landlord's responsibilities for asbestos

Deborah Foundling
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Exposure to asbestos can occur anywhere, and while it is only dangerous when disturbed, landlords have a responsibility to ensure their buildings are either free from asbestos or it is correctly monitored and managed. Asbestos was a common building material in the 60’s and 70’s; many buildings still stand with asbestos in their infrastructure.  The material was only banned in the UK in 1999.  Under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 regulations, all landlords have a duty to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos, whether they be industrial, commercial, or public buildings.  

£1,000 donation to local blood bike charity, SERV Wessex

Dan Thompson
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The Personal Injury team from Hampshire law firm, Warner Goodman, are delighted to donate £1,000 to SERV Wessex, a local blood bike charity.  Dan Thompson, Personal Injury Partner, explains here why the firm has decided to support the SERV Wessex team, and what the future holds for the promising partnership.

APIL's Injury Prevention Day asks us to back off

Aimee Brown
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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) will be hosting their own Injury Prevention Day on Wednesday 16th August.  The focus for 2017 will be on raising awareness of the dangers of tailgating, and encouraging safer driving to reduce the number of low-speed collisions on UK roads.  Several of the Personal Injury team at Warner Goodman are members of APIL, and here Aimee Brown highlights why this campaign is so important.

My Personal Injury Journey with Warner Goodman; How a trip changed my life

Dan Thompson
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Here at Warner Goodman, our Personal Injury team work tirelessly for those who have become injured through no fault of their own; whether that be due to an industrial illness such as asbestosis, a trip or fall, an accident at work, or a road traffic collision leading to a serious injury.

Do Highway Code stopping distances need to be changed?

Molly Puntis
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Road safety charity, Brake, is calling for stopping distances to be updated in the Highway Code to help new drivers in particular properly understand how long it takes to stop their car in an emergency, and consequently reduce the number of collisions on our roads.  Molly Puntis, Personal Injury Claims Handler, reviews the research conducted by Brake, and explains what difference it could have in preventing road traffic collisions.

Sharing is Caring theme announced for Child Safety Week

Andy Munden
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Today marks the beginning of Child Safety Week, an annual event organised by Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the potential accidents our children face every day, and how they can be prevented.  The theme this year is ‘Sharing is Caring’, and here Andy Munden, Personal Injury Partner, discusses why this was chosen, and reveals the various tips from CAPT on the simple steps we can all be taking to keep our children safe.

'New Me' theme for this year's Action for Brain Injury Week

Dan Thompson
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People are being placed at the heart of this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week, which runs from today, 8th May, until 14th May.  Each year a different theme is chosen by Headway, who organise the campaign, and throughout this week they will be showcasing the experiences that brain injury survivors, their carers and their families have been through, the impact that the injury has had and the various support services that helped them build their new life.

Can I bring a claim for my injury at a trampoline park?

Symron Amani
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Trampoline parks have seen a huge rise in popularity in the last few years, and as such, so have the number of incidents.  In fact, more than 300 ambulances were called to trampoline parks in the UK over a 12 month period, according to the figures obtained by the BBC. Our Personal Injury team explains here how to stay safe if you visit a trampoline park, and clarifies whether you can make a claim for compensation if you are injured.

My Personal Injury Journey with Warner Goodman; Ed Witty's Road Traffic Collision Story

Catriona Ralls
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Here at Warner Goodman, our Personal Injury team work tirelessly for those who have become injured through no fault of their own; whether that be due to an industrial illness such as asbestosis, a fall, an accident at work, or a road traffic collision leading to a serious injury.

Legal duty of care proposals put our military at a disadvantage

Andy Munden
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Proposals from Ministry of Defence (MoD) to scrap the legal duty of care it owes to service personnel have been met with criticism during the current consultation process.  Under the plans injured personnel, or the families of those killed, will no longer be able to sue the MoD for negligence; instead the claim would be assessed internally by a MoD appointed assessor who would also decide the level of compensation award.   

What are the new rules on child car booster seats?

Molly Puntis
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The regulations surrounding car booster seats for children changed on Thursday 9th February, but according to new research, the regulations have proven confusing for parents, and many are still not aware of the change. 

Report shows devastating trend of accidental injuries

Dan Thompson
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A new report has highlighted the disturbing number of accidents that children across the UK encounter each year, as well as revealing that accidental injury is now the leading cause of death in boys aged between one and four, and in young people aged 10 to 19.  Dan Thompson, Personal Injury Partner, here reviews the report, explaining where it is most likely that these accidents can occur and how we can all work to make them less likely.

New driving penalties to launch from 1st March 2017

Andy Munden
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Last November, it was announced that the fines for drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel was to increase, and now the date for this implementation has been announced.  Currently drivers who are caught receive a £100 fine and three penalty points, but from 1st March this year this will be increased to £200 and six penalty points.

Employer responsibilities to avoid accidents at work

Aimee Brown
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We spend a significant amount of time at work and so staying safe is something both employees and employers are responsible for.  According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 1.3 million working people suffered from a work-related illness in 2015/16, with 144 workers killed while at work, and a further 621,000 injuries occurred at work, according to the Labour Force Survey. 

Ministers launch consultation on causing death by dangerous driving proposals

Andy Munden
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New proposals from the government are being welcomed by Hampshire law firm, Warner Goodman, as they set to crack down on motorists who cause death by dangerous or careless driving. 

Five ways to avoid injury this Christmas

Molly Puntis
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December is here and all around us is talk of Christmas, presents and festive cheer, but did you know that hospital admissions increase this time of year?  Over the coming weeks, more than 80,000 people will be admitted to hospital so here Molly Puntis, Claims Handler in the Personal Injury team, gives some top tips about how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday season.

Fareham revealed as having one of the highest levels of mesothelioma sufferers

Deborah Foundling
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Mesothelioma is a devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately the number of people dying from this type of cancer is rising each year.  Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that six people are dying each day of mesothelioma in England and Wales, with some Hampshire towns amongst those having the highest mortality rates.

Warner Goodman are making the Brake Pledge...are you?

Andy Munden
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Road Safety Week begins today; an annual event co-ordinated by road safety charity, Brake.  The UK’s biggest road safety event has a different theme each year, with this year’s theme aimed at encouraging everyone to “Make the Brake Pledge”.

Drivers caught using their mobile phone at the wheel will automatically receive penalty points

Andy Munden
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A new statement released this week from the Department for Transport (DfT) demonstrates how seriously the government is taking this issue as they announce proposals that drivers will no longer be given the option to attend a remedial driving course as they are now, and will automatically receive the penalty points.

How can you protect your family from burn injuries in the home?

Symron Amani
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Each month 288 children are admitted to an NHS Burns Service, an alarming figure caused by incidents that could be avoided.  19th October was National Burn Awareness Day, a day organised by British Burns Association filled with activities to raise awareness of how burn injuries can be prevented in the home, where 77% of burn injuries occur for children. 

It's World Tourism Day! Do you know what to do if you have an accident as a tourist?

Deborah Foundling
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World Tourism Day has been celebrated on 27th September for many years, and was created to raise awareness of the importance tourism has for economic value as well as broadening our social, political and cultural horizons.

Do you use your mobile phone while driving...it could cost you more than your licence

Andy Munden
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We all know the hazards of using our mobile phones when we’re driving, and it’s easy to be tempted, but do we consider the implications before we do?  Is it one of those situations where we think, “I won’t get caught” or “It won’t happen to me”?  Figures from the Department for Transport have shown that 492 road traffic accidents were caused in Britain in 2014 because the driver was impaired or distracted by their phone.  Unfortunately, 21 of these were fatal, and 84 classed as serious.

Health and Safety breaches and how they can affect a major UK attraction

Andy Munden
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Merlin Entertainment, owners of Alton Towers, face a multi million pound fine after admitting they broke Health and Safety laws, causing park ride ‘Smiler’ to crash seriously injuring five people.

How to protect your family in the upcoming holiday season

Molly Puntis
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As the days begin to lengthen our thoughts turn to holidays and we consider the steps you should consider before booking your holiday and what you should do if you suffer an injury whilst you are on holiday.

The most dangerous time of the year

Molly Puntis
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With all the excitement that Christmas brings it can be hard to remember the perils of the holiday season. With everyone busy trying to find the perfect present and the endless amounts of Christmas decorations, there’s barely enough time to think about staying safe. Molly Puntis, Personal Injury Claims Handler, highlights what to watch out for to keep you and your loved ones safe this Christmas.

Importance of Road Safety Week highlighted with new figures

Andy Munden
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As this week draws to a close so too does Road Safety Week for another year; a cause that Hampshire law firm, Warner Goodman LLP, are avid supporters of. The week is organised by road safety charity, Brake, who have released startling figures demonstrating why we all need to review our habits on the roads and question whether we need to use a car to make our journeys.

Law firm supports campaign promoting safety on our roads for second year running

Andy Munden
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Hampshire law firm, Warner Goodman LLP, is taking part in this year’s Road Safety Week (23-29 November) for the second year. The firm are corporate partners of road safety charity, Brake, who coordinate the national campaign, with support from the Department for Transport and headline sponsor Specsavers.

Protect your family against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

Catriona Ralls
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It’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week this week, which comes shortly after the implementation of new regulations for landlords to ensure their properties are adequately fitted with appropriate alarms.

HSE figures show Britain losing £14billion a year to work related ill health and injury

Deborah Foundling
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Recently released statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that work related injuries and ill health are costing the economy £14billion a year, despite Britain being one of the safest places to work in Europe. Deborah Foundling, Industrial Disease specialist Personal Injury Lawyer, here reviews the statistics and urges employers to consider their health and safety practices in the workplace.

Make your Halloween full of treats...not tricks

Symron Amani
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It’s this time of year our children get excited about the prospect of dressing up in scary costumes, decorating the house with cobwebs and skeletons and heading out trick or treating. For parents it can be a scary night for a whole other reason as they worry about the safety of their children and others around them. Each year thousands of people are injured over the Halloween period and here our Personal Injury team, highlight some of the measures you can take to ensure a safe Halloween for you and your loved ones.

No room for complacency behind the wheel as latest road accident statistics released

Aimee Brown
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In June of this year, the Department for Transport released its 2014 road casualty statistics, which worryingly showed an increase in road deaths from the previous year, plus significant increases in the number of casualties, whether that be serious or minor injuries.

Child Safety Week to focus on after school accidents

Andy Munden
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This week is Child Safety Week, an annual event organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) in order to educate communities across the UK about the dangers that face our children in every day life.  This year sees the focus on after school accidents; such as the hazards surrounding dinner time that can cause serious burns. 

Honesty is the best policy

Catriona Ralls
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The world of personal injury is open to a mixture of positive and negative undertones; helping the genuinely injured back to health with financial support for medical bills and rehabilitation while at the other end of the spectrum the idea of supporting a compensation culture.  A new law introduced last month has helped us take one step further away from the latter as the battle against dishonest claimants continues. 

Report highlights increase in female brain injuries

Aimee Brown
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A report released by brain injury charity Headway on 18th May shows a staggering 24% rise in the number of females being admitted to hospital in the UK with non-superficial head injuries.  Aimee Brown, Claims Handler in the Personal Injury team, here reviews the report in more detail. 

Pesky Potholes

Deborah Foundling
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Potholes on the roads can not only cause unnecessary and costly damage to your vehicle, but also to our bodies.  Injury claims due to accidents involving potholes are on the rise, despite funding last year to reduce the number on our roads.

DIY dangers highlighted in Asbestos Awareness Week

Dan Thompson
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Spring has sprung and we’re well and truly into DIY season, but with this comes the danger of disturbing asbestos as we’re making improvements to our home.  The beginning of April saw Global Asbestos Awareness Week and here Dan Thompson, Personal Injury Partner, explains how asbestos is impacting our lives, and the measures you need to take to remove it safely.

Don't let the weather cause you winter woes

Dan Thompson
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During the winter  months we experience many varieties of weather; from the extremes of snow and ice on a crisp clear morning, to warmer weather with stormy rain and gale-force winds.  The risk of injuries significantly increases during winter months, and here Dan Thompson, Personal Injury Partner, explains who is most at risk from the adverse weather and how injuries can easily be avoided with proper care and attention.

Don't have a counterfeit crisis at Christmas

Deborah Foundling
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With Christmas approaching we’re all looking for bargains to help ease the financial demands of Christmas with presents, food and decorations all to be bought.  However, it’s important that while trying to find the best buy, we also keep our safety in mind, as counterfeit goods can lead to a disaster that could easily have been avoided. 

Injury Team support Road Safety Week

Andy Munden
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The Personal Injury team from Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP are helping road safety charity Brake raise awareness of Road Safety Week, running this year from Monday 17 to Sunday 23rd November.  Andy Munden, Partner within the team explains their hope that their support through sponsorship as well as other activities can help reduce road traffic collisions across Hampshire.

Lawyers put on their walking shoes for road safety charity

Dan Thompson
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On Sunday 12th October, four members of the Warner Goodman LLP Personal Injury team took on the formidable challenge of completing the Walk the Test Way charity walk to raise funds for road safety charity, Brake.  Enduring harsh winds, pouring rain and extremely sore feet, the team completed the 25.5 mile walk in just over 9 hours, and raised over £500 for the charity.

Lawyers set to test themselves in charity walk

Andy Munden
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On Sunday 12th October, four members of staff from the Warner Goodman LLP Personal Injury team will be taking part in the Walk the Test Way charity walk in order to raise funds for road safety charity, Brake.  Andy Munden, Personal Injury Partner, explains why they have chosen to take part in this challenge and why they are supporting Brake.

Stay safe this Summer!

Molly Puntis
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With summer well and truly upon us, it’s time to venture outside and enjoy the sunshine!  The increased heat does however bring warnings on how to keep your family safe, so to help you prepare, Molly Puntis, Personal Injury Claims Handler, gives you her top tips on how to keep you and your family out of harms way.

Learn how to keep your child safe during Child Safety Week

Catriona Ralls
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Staff at Warner Goodman LLP are calling on families in Hampshire to take part in Child Safety Week (23rd to 29th June) to educate themselves on how to prevent their children from having devastating accidents.

Local law firm takes Action!

Dan Thompson
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Staff at Warner Goodman LLP’s Southampton office donned their favourite hats and headgear on Wednesday 14th May as they raised money for brain injury charity Headway’s ‘Hats for Headway Day’, as part of Action for Brain Injury Week.

'Tis the season to be jolly...not injured!

Dan Thompson
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With Christmas and New Year on the horizon, this time of year is filled with family, friends, present giving, and indulging in festive food and drink.  It’s also a time of year when accidents in the home are on the increase.  With the NHS reporting more than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment during the festive period, it’s important to make sure your loved ones are safe. 

Is your child safe in your car?

Aimee Brown
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Following the recent change to the clocks, motorists should now be adjusting to driving in the dark.  It will come as no surprise that the number of road traffic accidents increases in the winter months, as it’s harder to see hazards, we have slower reaction times, and there is more ice or snow on the roads.  But have you considered the impact on all of your passengers if you’re involved in a road traffic accident?

Cutting red tape or cutting corners

Andy Munden
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The introduction of new rules regarding injuries at work mean that as of 1st October 2013, any employee injured at work will now have to fight harder to prove that their employer was at fault.  Andy Munden, Personal Injury Partner at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP, explains what the new rules mean to employees, and questions how some employers may now act when it comes to health and safety.

Make sure you don't get tricked this Halloween

Catriona Ralls
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With Halloween approaching, everywhere we turn we see carved pumpkins, severed limbs and cobwebs adorning our shop windows.  Our thoughts are turning to decorations to adorn our porches, and stocking up with sweets for trick or treaters.  However, home owners also need to ensure that their home is safe for those trick or treaters, and that they don’t get faced with a nasty trick themselves in the form of an injury claim. 

Hair today...gone tomorrow!

Catriona Ralls
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Most people will look forward to their next hair appointment, excited about having a new style or colour.  One thing you don’t expect is to lose your hair as a consequence.  This is exactly what happened to one lady, and here Catriona Ralls, member of the Personal Injury team, explains the impact this had on her clients’ life, and how coming to her gave her access to the help and support needed to rebuild her confidence.

Local law firm supports APIL tailgating campaign

Dan Thompson
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Most drivers reading this will agree that tailgating is one of life’s biggest annoyances, but more importantly causes crashes that could easily be avoided.  The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) recognise the danger associated with tailgating, and so have recently launched their SafetyWatch #backoff campaign, an initiative that the Personal Injury Team at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP earnestly supports.

Tougher laws bring tougher times for Claims Management Companies

Andy Munden
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With figures announced today by the Claims Management Regulation Unit (CMRU) that show the number of Claims Management Companies (CMC’s) closing in light of tougher laws around personal injury, Andy Munden, Partner at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP reflects on exactly what the changes mean for members of the public and the future of the industry.

Don't let your dream holiday turn into a nightmare!

Andy Munden
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With summer approaching our thoughts are turning to ones of sea, sun and fun.  82% of us are planning to holiday abroad in 2013, and it’s important that we’re prepared, for any eventuality.  Andy Munden, Partner at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP, takes a look at exactly what could ruin your well-earned holiday…other than the inevitable sunburn!