Injury Compensation To Increase By 10%

July 26th, 2012

The Court of Appeal today confirmed that “general damages”, that is the compensation awarded for the injury part of a personal injury claim will increase by 10% for all cases settled after 1st April 2013.

The uplift on the injury compensation was a key element of Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations for reform of the civil litigation system. But with the increase not included in government legislation to enact Jackson’s report, the judgment said it would be ‘a breach of faith’ for the judiciary not to ensure trial judges would apply it.

The uplift will apply to “general damages” for pain, suffering and loss of amenity in personal injury, nuisance, defamation and all other torts which cause suffering, inconvenience or distress to individuals.

Long Awaited Mesothelioma Scheme Falls Short

July 26th, 2012

APIL, The Association Of Personal Injury Lawyers today confirmed that plans for a support scheme for mesothelioma victims who cannot trace their former employers’ insurers were announced this week.

It is estimated that the £300m scheme, funded by employers’ insurers, will help 3,000 victims during the next 10 years. But it only helps people who were diagnosed on or after 25th July 2012 when the announcement was made. It also does not extend to sufferers of other asbestos-related diseases.

MRH Solicitors – Stroke Charity Work

July 18th, 2012

Mr Hasan Qamruddin, at MRH Solicitors has recently joined a number of local and national stroke charities to help raise awareness of stroke prevention and to inform stroke survivors of the extensive help that they can get locally to rebuild their lives following a stroke.

Every year 150,000 people in the U.K have a stroke and by becoming a volunteer with the Stroke Association and a Bolton based stroke charity, JIGSAW, Hasan Qamruddin hopes to learn more about the effects of strokes and he views it is an opportunity to put something back into the local community.

MRH Solicitors Cricketers XI Beat Dalton Cricket Club XI

July 10th, 2012

MRH Solicitors had an enjoyable, competitive and ultimately successful days cricket on Sunday 8th July 2012 when past and present employees of the firm re-united to play a Dalton Cricket Club select XI in a 45 over game at their ground in Skelmersdale, near Wigan in Lancashire to raise funds for the club.

The MRH Solicitors bowling attack was able to tame the Dalton Cricket Club batting after they got off to a flyer with notable contributions from Hasan Qamruddin, Arif Qadri, Shoaib Patel and Asif Vahaluwala. The target of 120 to win set by Dalton Cricket Club was passed after a loss of some early wickets with patient batting from Hanif Patel, Matt Charman and Gohar Zaman.

MRH Solicitors are the main sponsors of Dalton Cricket Club and have sponsored the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team cricket tops for the 2012 season.

MRH Solicitors Employee Conquers Ben Nevis

July 10th, 2012

Gemma Boardman, a member of the MRH Solicitors pre-litigation Road Traffic Accident team climbed Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, the highest mountain in the British Isles standing at 4,409 ft above sea level, in aid of the Haematology Unit at Hope Hospital in Manchester where her friend was treated for leukemia.

The climb took Gemma a gruelling 7.5 hours to complete, but she was ecstatic at completing the challenge successfully and raising a significant sum of money for a worthy cause.

Crime Victims To Be Denied Justice

July 5th, 2012

Victims of crime who suffer ‘minor’ injuries will no longer be able to claim compensation through the Government’s scheme, Ken Clarke the Minister of Justice announced this week.

In response to the ‘Getting It Right For Victims and Witnesses’ consultation, the justice secretary announced plans to reform the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme ‘so that it is focused on seriously injured victims of serious crime’. Mr. Clarke confirmed that the Government intends to remove injuries currently valued at less than £2,500 and significantly reduce payments for claims below £1,000 under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICA Scheme).

The new scheme has been placed before Parliament and will be assigned to a parliamentary committee for approval.

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