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Coxhoe man left almost blind in road accident ruled fit to work just weeks after coming out of coma

2019-01-07T16:18:00+00:00

BENEFIT assessors have ruled a man left almost blind by a road accident as fit to work – just weeks after he came out of a coma. Alex Howe, from Coxhoe, County Durham, is blind in one eye and has severely reduced visibility in the other, struggles to walk and has lost hearing in one ear. He was left reeling when he was told he is not eligible for disability benefits. The father-of-one said: “It feels like I'm being called a liar. It's a big weight on me. I can't believe it." Mr Howe was seriously injured in a crash on [...]

Coxhoe man left almost blind in road accident ruled fit to work just weeks after coming out of coma2019-01-07T16:18:00+00:00

Number of motorists caught driving while banned rises

2017-02-07T15:24:09+00:00

The number of people in Britain caught driving while already banned has increased by 7.5%, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live. Some 14,500 people were caught driving without a licence last year, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency data shows. In total, 109,660 motorists were banned from driving, with the youngest being 12 and the oldest 94. One chief constable said she was "very concerned" about the number of people disregarding driving bans. One example included a motorist who was caught driving while banned four times in 12 months. The same person was also convicted for failing to stop [...]

Number of motorists caught driving while banned rises2017-02-07T15:24:09+00:00

Whiplash crackdown could cost 35,000 jobs, lawyers claim

2017-02-07T15:25:01+00:00

The new crackdown on whiplash compensation could put thousands of jobs at risk, according to research commissioned by lawyers who argue the reforms will harm injured motorists as well as their industry. Researchers at Capital Economics found that 44,200 people work on personal injury cases in legal, medical and claims management jobs, while a further 40,000 depend more loosely on the industry through the supply chain and other spending. In the study commissioned by the Access to Justice lobby group, Capital Economics found that 35,000 of these jobs would be at risk if small claims are kept out of the courts, [...]

Whiplash crackdown could cost 35,000 jobs, lawyers claim2017-02-07T15:25:01+00:00

Insurers, not lawyers, are the bad guys when it comes to whiplash

2017-02-07T15:25:48+00:00

Consultations close tomorrow on reforms that will deny justice to thousands of innocent motorists caught up in accidents that are no fault of their own Whiplash, eh. It’s all a big con, pushed by ambulance chasing lawyers at the expense of innocent motorists who pay higher insurance premiums as a result. Well that’s at least what the insurance industry would have you believe. The reality, as I can testify having been a victim of road accidents, is rather different. Accidents are hideous things. Whiplash hurts like hell. It can require physiotherapy to put right. It can sometimes require a lot more than [...]

Insurers, not lawyers, are the bad guys when it comes to whiplash2017-02-07T15:25:48+00:00

The Whiplash Reforms. A knee jerk reaction?

2016-11-24T15:14:10+00:00

Sitting on a long train from Birmingham to Euston – and having to navigate all 17 stops between meant I had the time to look at the Government’s recent proposals for Personal injury reforms announced in recent times, and briefly yesterday by Philip Hammond at the despatch box along with the Autumn statement. I’m heading on my way to a meeting to discuss the very document with my colleagues from MASS. I know a number of stakeholders are also discussing these matters, and the very limited time to respond, particularly with the Christmas break looming, means that there’s much work and [...]

The Whiplash Reforms. A knee jerk reaction?2016-11-24T15:14:10+00:00

Insurer backlash as tax hike wipes out whiplash reform gains

2016-11-24T15:08:16+00:00

Insurers have hit out at plans to increase insurance premium tax for the third time in 18 months, a move that is expected to raise more than £4bn for the Treasury but which was branded “a hammer blow for the hard pressed” by critics. IPT is added to about 50m car, home, private medical insurance and pet policies every year. The tax will rise from 10pc to 12pc next June, an increase that means the rate has now doubled within two years. The latest hike provoked an immediate backlash from the insurance and motoring industries, which argued the IPT increase will [...]

Insurer backlash as tax hike wipes out whiplash reform gains2016-11-24T15:08:16+00:00