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Podcast: Cycle safety during and after the Covid-19 Lockdown

With the latest Government advice encouraging people to cycle more and avoid public transport, now more than ever charities like Cycle Smart feel that cycle safety awareness is vital, especially amongst children. Boyes Turner have supported the charity for...

Osseointegration vs. prosthetic limb - what are the pros and cons?

Amputations are relatively rare but that is little consolation if you are coming to terms with the loss of a limb or another part of your body. For 2018-9, there were nearly 18,000 finished consultant episodes (FCE) in NHS hospitals across England where...

What the decision in DP v Topmark Claims Management Ltd means for mesothelioma claimants

The recent decision of the Upper Tribunal in DP v Topmark Claims Management Ltd (CM) [2020] UKUT 0106 (AAC) has provided clarification to asbestos disease claimants on the limited scope of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014. It also...

When might a death from COVID-19 need to be investigated by the Coroner

One inevitable but nevertheless upsetting consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is that we are seeing a substantial increase in the recorded deaths for this time of year in comparison with the average between 2015 and 2019 in England and Wales. But...

Is £15,000 enough for the loss of a life?

Bereavement damages awarded under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 will increase from 1 May 2020 to the sum of £15,120.  Losing a loved one is of course a devastatingly difficult thing for anyone to have to go through.  Losing someone due to...

Family of pregnant mum killed by speeding driver demand change in inquest law on unborn full-term babies

The heartbroken family of a heavily pregnant mother who died in a car crash a week before Christmas and just a fortnight before her son was due to be born have called for a change in the law after an inquest was held into her death but not that of her...

Introducing Kim Smerdon, head of the Personal Injury team

Kim Smerdon leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team. A specialist in catastrophic injury cases, Kim acts for clients with acquired brain damage, spinal injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries. We pulled Kim away from her desk for 60...

Why do children need to wear cycle helmets?

The health benefits of cycling are widely recognised for children who cycle for fun in parks and off-road environments, but also on the roads to get to school. Health and fitness, as well as environmental concerns, are great reasons to encourage kids to use...

Why you should use a local solicitor for road traffic accident injury claims

If you are involved in a car accident or other type of road traffic accident where liability is disputed, having a local solicitor handle your claim can increase your chances of securing fair compensation. There are a number of reasons a local claims...

Reading Half Marathon 2019 for Headway UK

On Sunday 17 March, Kim Smerdon , Claire Roantree and Martin Anderson from our Personal Injury team ran the Reading Half Marathon to help raise over £1,000.00 for Headway Thames Valley . Headway Thames Valley is a great local...

Making a claim after a child suffers a brain injury as a result of an accident

When a child suffers a brain injury as a result of an accident, it shatters the lives of the whole family. We understand the long and difficult journey that families can face when a child is recovering from a brain injury following an accident. Child brain...

Interim payments - what they are and how they work

Serious injury compensation claims are complex and can take time to reach settlement even when liability – the issue of who is at fault – has been resolved. Some cases, such as cerebral palsy or other brain injury claims can only be valued over...

Cycling accident pair demand safety improvements after another incident at hotspot

Lawyers acting for two cyclists injured in separate incidents at the same Reading roundabout have joined their clients in calling for urgent safety improvements after another person was injured there. Experts at Boyes Turner say the latest incident at the...

Common work-related amputation claims

Accidents at work are not uncommon in the UK and can lead to severe, lifelong, disabling injury, including amputation, whether caused directly in the accident (traumatic amputation) or indirectly as a later complication of the original injury.  Losing...

Valuing an amputation claim - prosthetic provision

At Boyes Turner, we understand that you cannot put a price on the loss of a limb. However, as experts in medical negligence and personal injury amputation claims, we also understand that it is imperative that any award of compensation fully takes...

Amputation: What are the 3 most common causes we see?

Amputations are more common than you might think. The recent GIRFT report on vascular surgery  puts the current number of lower limb amputations performed on the NHS each year at around 8,000, with an associated mortality rate of 7.5%. The good news...

Funding for child prosthetics

In March 2018 the government announced that they will be renewing their £1.5m pledge to provide sports prosthetic limbs for children. The Department of Health initially made the funding available in the wake of the 2016 Paralympics with the...

HSE reveals workplace fatal injury statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the independent workplace safety regulator which protects employees from harm by enforcing employer accountability for unsafe working environments, has published its annual report, Workplace Fatal Injuries in Great...

Protecting your head and brain at work

Every year thousands of people suffer a brain injury whilst at work. These brain injuries can range from mild injuries right through to severe brain injuries where people are left in a vegative state. Statistical data published by the Health and...

Is the Boyes Turner personal injury team right for you?

When someone has suffered a personal injury it is essential that they pick the right solicitor to assist them with their claim. Carefully selecting the correct solicitor will ensure that you have: Access to up to date legal advice. Advice from a large...

Scaffolding and workplace accidents falling, says NASC 2018 Safety Report

The 2018 Safety Report of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has revealed that the number of workplace accidents and serious injuries reported by its members reached an all-time low in 2017. What were the 2018 Safety Report findings? ...

Cycle-Smart Foundation's 20th Anniversary

We were invited to the Cycle Smart Foundation's 20th Anniversary Grand Gala Dinner and had a wonderful time celebrating the work of this long standing and influential charity.  What is Cycle Smart? Cycle Smart Foundation is a charity...

Cycle helmets: To wear or not to wear?

Recently, one of our personal injury team , asked the following question on Linkedin: “Should cycle helmets be a legal requirement on UK roads for safety purposes?” We were surprised at the reaction this question received. The post...

Rehab for burns victims: How a fish can help

The specialist severe burns injury lawyers at Boyes Turner are fascinated to learn that, in an attempt to improve treatments and recoveries for burns victims, researchers in Brazil are now experimenting with Tilapia Fish Skin. Burns can be caused...

Should cohabitees receive bereavement damages

This was a question recently faced by the Court of Appeal after Ms Jakki Smith took the Secretary of State for Justice to Court for breaching her human rights. Who can claim bereavement damages? The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 gives rise to the right to...

The importance of pursuing a personal injury claim

Personal injury victims often ask whether it is worthwhile for them to pursue a legal claim following an accident. Personal injury victims can be cautious about claiming for various reasons...

Speed down - Save lives

The simple fact is that the faster you are driving, the more chance you have of being involved in an accident and the more chance that the accident will be serious or could result in a fatality. Facts Did you know that approximately two-thirds of...

London Prosthetics Centre Case Managers Event: The Amputee's Journey

On 3 November 2017, we have the pleasure of hosting the London Prosthetics Centre Case Managers Training day, focusing on amputation, at our office in Reading. The training will encompass the journey of an amputee from surgery to full rehabilitation using...

The use of technology in rehabilitation following an injury

As claimant brain injury specialists, Boyes Turner are keen advocates of the use of rehabilitation to expedite a person’s recovery following an accident. At the same time defendants in personal injury claims are encouraged to provide suitable...

The Rehabilitation Code 2015

When an individual suffers a personal injury one of their key concerns is how long it will take and what assistance they may need to achieve a full recovery. A slow recovery from a personal injury not only prolongs the pain but can also lead to...

Meningococcal Septicaemia & Amputation

Having a child in hospital with  meningitis , a life threatening illness is a frightening time for the whole family. From not knowing what the future holds, to finding out they will require amputations, the subsequent months can be an emotional...

Excluding liability for personal injury and the law

Have you ever been asked to sign a contract excluding liability for your personal injury or death and felt that you are signing your life away? Common situations where you might be asked to sign away your legal rights include: Signing a waiver at a...

Statistics for Cyclists from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

According to RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, there were 18,844 reported road cycling accidents in the UK in 2015. These accidents were broken down as follows:   Child (0 – 15) Adult All* Killed 6 94 100 ...

CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)

At Boyes Turner, we see a number of chronic pain cases, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, one of the most painful types of pain. In our experience, clients develop CRPS after fractures, soft tissue injuries or burns which usually involve extensive...

The dangers of black henna temporary tattoos

Thousands of British holiday makers are set to go on holiday this year and most will return with fantastic stories of sun, sea, sand and great friends they met along the way, but sadly many are returning with permanent skin damage from...

Osseointegration

Osseointegration is a surgical procedure to create a direct structural connection between living bone and the surface of a load-carrying implant in generally above knee amputation or where there are significant problems with sockets. Sockets can be a...

Pain Management Programme at Circle Reading Hospital's Rehabilitation Unit

Circle Reading Hospital launched its Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in March this year and was officially opened by Sir Steve Redgrave. Boyes Turner’s Personal Injury team attended the launch and had the pleasure of...

Dorset Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Conference

It was fascinating to hear Dr Norbert Kang, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Royal Free Hospital, talk about Targeted Muscle Reinnervation at Dorset Orthopaedics Training Day this spring. TMR is a surgical procedure used to improve the control of upper...

Successful interim hearing for victim of road traffic accident

Boyes Turner successfully opposed a defendant’s application to withdraw their admission of liability in a  road traffic accident  where they had admitted liability 3 years previously. The defendant tried to withdraw their full admission of...

Brain Injury Group

Brain Injury Group The Court of Protection Team are now members of the  Brain Injury Group . This is a national network of specialist brain injury lawyers and other experts that provide access to a complete package of care and support for people...

Tough Mudder for Headway

On 6 th  May 2017  Claire Roantree , Partner in the Personal Injury team will be raising money with the Mud Hatters team for Headway SW London by taking part in the London West Tough Mudder Challenge. The race is between 10-12 miles of...

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I would also like to express my thanks to you for your dedication in chasing the defendant's insurance company especially where COVID-19 made an impact. 

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