Court of Appeal hears in Solicitors Favour in an RTA Claims Dispute
Court of Appeal hears in Solicitors Favour in an RTA Claims Dispute
RTA Claims Dispute over Lawyer CostsThe Law Society lay a dispute claim against Haven insurers in an RTA claims battle. This dispute claim was specifically regarding unpaid lawyer costs on the part of Haven Insurers. As a result, the Law Society won £12, 500 in costs for Gavin Edmondson Solicitors at the Court of Appeal. The dispute claim was specifically over local value RTA claims. Haven declined to pay pre-action protocol solicitor costs. The RTA dispute concerns six individuals and their RTA claims. In 2012 the Haven insurance company chose to directly settle these individuals’ road traffic accident claims.
Beyond RTA disputes: Taking It to The Supreme CourtBeyond RTA disputes, there is now a need to settle the general matter around insurance companies directly setting claims. Therefore, the Society took the case to the Supreme Court. This is where the Law Society raised an important question. The question of how much the court can intervene in the protection of lawyers’ fees. The verdict could possibly lead to other law firms making claims against insurers in terms of their solicitor costs. Due to a 'tripartite’ agreement between the client, the solicitor and the lawyer fixed fees and stage one costs from insurers are a lawyers right. Therefore, the Law Society stated that the ‘principle of equitable interference’ should be instated. This is so that solicitors can ensure they receive these costs.
The Supreme Court and Claims LawsRTA disputes are not the only controversial issue concerning the Court this year when it comes to personal injury claims. According to The Telegraph, there was a rise in fraudulent claims which have been “blamed on no win no fee lawyer services” and “cold callers encouraging people to sue.” Therefore, the Supreme Court Judge stated that blame should be taken out of personal injury seeing that the proposed changes to the law have not gone far enough.
What is The Law Society?The Law Society or more specifically ‘The Law Society of England and Wales’ is an independent and private company, in accordance to its 1845 Charter. The Law Society was founded on the 2 of June in 1825. It acts as a representative and governing body for all Lawyers within this area. The Society is involved in the reformation of laws. Not only this, but also upholding good practice and high standards for law firms in their jurisdiction, as well as other functions. The Law Society, as well as many other boards, such as the SRA or Solicitors Regulation Authority, has accredited many of Legit Claims solicitors. You can find them in our solicitor directory. Are you thinking of making a claim after an accident? We invite you to search through our widely accredited solicitor directory to find a solicitor that suits you. Read More
Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in the UK
Will You Risk Your Life on these Dangerous Jobs?When it comes to most dangerous jobs in the UK, one does not always stop and consider the risks involved to go to work every day. Will You Risk Your Life for a Salary? If you think of most dangerous jobs - it is easy for one to think of the obvious few. We are sure you are thinking of construction workers, policemen and even bomb disposal experts. It will surprise you then to know that salespeople are rates within the top ten most dangerous jobs for your health. Probably because of the high levels of stress. In many cases, dangerous professions like those in the construction industry are heavily regulated with safety measures. And the state does attempt to protect employees from certain risk factors. Therefore decreasing the risk factors actively for the employees involved. But imagine for a moment a farmer who operates heavy machinery. Or an Uber driver risking their life and limb on a daily basis to make a living. According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) some of the toughest and most dangerous jobs exists within the sectors of agriculture, construction, education and public administration and defense.
Here is Our List of the Top 5 Most Dangerous Professions in the UK
1. Construction WorkersAs many of the jobs in the industry remain risky, the fatalities speak for themselves. During the period 2016/17 30 people lost their lives whilst performing their duties at work. Major causes includes the operation of heavy machinery and falling from heights. Safety measures in this industry is stringent however, resulting in a decrease of 20% in injuries over the last 7 years.
2. FarmersThe fatality rates as recorded by the HSE indicates that farmers are second in line. With 27 deaths, farmers can be in real danger whilst working with animals, operating heavy machinery and falling objects, to name a few. The risk factors related to this type of work also influences workers health in many ways. Many farmers suffer from work related ailments related to stress and or physical complaints resulting from hard labor.
3. Roofing and ScaffoldingIt is no surprise that the majority of workplace deaths are due to falls. 29% of workplace deaths last year was related to falling in some form or another. Scaffolding remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the UK. Even though precautions and safety measures are in place, risk factors includes falling from height and being hit by heavy objects.
4. Lorry DriversVehicle related incidents is also of course in the top 5. As much as a fifth of all fatalities at work falls within the road accident categories – especially heavy road vehicle drivers. With long distances and fatigue behind the wheel as the major causes behind these statistics. Work related injuries and illnesses can include stress, health disorders like obesity and hypertension and physical ailments resulting from long periods behind the wheel.
5. Bin Man/Waste CollectionIt appears that operating heavy machinery on the road is not safe either. This deadly job claimed several lives in the last year. You can make a claim for injury in the workplace with Legit Claims. Find a solicitor today that can help with claiming the compensation you deserve. The most common causes of death and injury in the workplace is still within the industries where heavy regulation is prevalent. In every of the above professions health and safety precautions are essential. Both the employer and employee must ensure the risks are minimized and lives are saved. This ultimately begs the question: Is the risk of performing a dangerous job worth the reward in the end? Read More
Working in Cold Temperatures and Your Right to Claim Compensation
Workers Rights and Cold TemperaturesApart from the obvious discomfort of working in cold temperatures, being exposed to the cold, indoors and outdoors can have hazardous effects on human performance and health. Many workers can experience thermal discomfort, strain and cold-related diseases. Exposure to cold temperatures affects an individual's ability to work well. Consequently, this means that workers exposed to extreme cold may become impaired simply because they can be too cold to function or react fast to a hazardous situation. This compounds common workplace hazards and increases the risk for cold-associated injuries exponentially. This relates directly to the protection of workers rights. In the UK, the law protect us from cold temperatures and related exposure for this very reason. The law stipulates that that every employer must take precautions to keep employees safe from harm. Subsequently your employer has to protect you from cold weather exposure. If an employer fails in this duty of care, you have a right to claim compensation. Whether it is from cold exposure, resulting illness or an accident which has occurred. Know that help is at hand to claim compensation for your basic workers rights.
Early Warning Signs of ExposureWatch out for some of the following negative effects of prolonged exposure to moderate to extreme cold temperatures:
- Dehydration occurs when we do not drink enough fluids, especially when your body needs the fuel to stay warm. Increased respiratory fluid loss is also a common cause of dehydration. For example when you are sweating from exertion underneath heavy layers of clothing.
- Numbness associated with cold feet and cold hands. Can also occur in unprotected parts of your face for example ears, cheeks, chin or nose. Cold causes slow blood circulation that can have more serious repercussions like frostbite etc. See below.
- Shivering can be detrimental to your work. Severe shivering (also known as rigors) is when your body is trying to increase its core temperature. Usually a sign you should seek warmth.
- Frostbite and immersion foot can be very serious and cause tremendous amounts of pain. Prolonged exposure to wet cold socks and shoes causes immersion foot. It can contribute to the devastating effects of frostbite and even cause permanent damage.
- Hypothermia is characterized by drastic and dangerously low body temperatures. It causes shivering and in extreme exposure causes mental confusion. Hypothermia can be serious if not treated immediately and even lead to death.
5 Tips for Workers in Cold Temperatures
- Cover up and wear the right clothing. With this in mind cover your head with a hat or headgear provided.
- Make sure you protect your ears and face. Mittens and gloves for your hands are usually essential.
- Likewise, foot gear is important. Your boots should be waterproof. Inner insulation can help your feet stay warm and dry.
- Remain hydrated with warm beverages in any event. Drink frequently and if possible, eat energy rich foods.
- Be sure to take frequent short breaks. For instance you can break in warm shelters to protect yourself from the cold.