Victims can now claim for injuries sustained pre 1979
A recent change in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 has abolished a rule whereby claimants could not pursue a claim for compensation if the victim lived under the same roof as the abuser, specifically incidents that occurred before 1 October... [read more...
Speed down for Road Safety Week
Once again, we’re delighted to be supporting Road Safety Week organised by Brake, the road safety charity, and working with the Brain Injury Group. This year, the campaign is running from 20th to 26th November and the theme is ‘Speed Down Save... [read more...
The dangers of dooring
‘Dooring’ is an accident which occurs when a passenger or driver of a car opens their door without looking properly and causes a cyclist to swerve or crash as a result. With growing numbers of cyclists and growing levels of congestion in busy city... [read more...
Firm ranked by Chambers Guide in three areas of law
The latest edition of the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession has just been published – and there is plenty in it for our solicitors to be happy about! Our medical negligence team have once again come out top in Bristol for their specialism – they... [read more...
Firm receives top ranking in Legal 500
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve once again been recognised by independent legal research guide The Legal 500 for our medical negligence, personal injury and family law expertise. We have again been awarded a tier 1 ranking for our medical... [read more...
New driver safety guide released following Bedminster baby death
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has this week launched a new an online guide which demonstrates how to check vehicle trailers are safely secured. The move has been prompted by a campaign organised by Donna and Scott Hussey, whose son Freddie... [read more...
Government launches whiplash consultation
Last week government ministers signaled their intent to drastically overhaul access to justice for personal injury claims with a new Ministry of Justice consultation on the personal injury claims system. The consultation report proposes radical reforms to... [read more...
Make a pledge to Brake for Road Safety Week
We’re proud to once again support Road Safety Week, organised by Brake, the road safety charity. This event runs between 21 and 27 November, bringing together schools and communities to highlight the importance of safe driving. Barcan+Kirby is... [read more...
Firm ranked top in Bristol for medical negligence
Barcan+Kirby’s medical negligence solicitors have once again been named as the dominant force in their field. The latest set of rankings from Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession were released on Wednesday and Barcan+Kirby were once again the only... [read more...
New childbirth injury scheme announced
The health secretary has announced plans for a new scheme to allow parents of children injured during birth to access financial support more easily. The Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme, currently out for consultation, would be a voluntary route for... [read more...
Firm receives top tier Legal 500 ranking
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence, personal injury and family law teams have been recognised by Legal 500, an independent guide to the UK’s legal services providers. Described as “one of the best in the South West”, our... [read more...
Five ways motorists can reduce cycling collisions
As personal injury solicitors who act for claimants in cycle injury claims, we’ve seen our fair share of road traffic collisions.... [read more...
Serious medical accidents triple in ten years
Data released by NHS Digital has revealed that the number of hospital attendances caused by medical accidents has tripled over the course of ten years. The number of patients who needed extra treatment due to an “unintentional cut, puncture, perforation... [read more...
We’re heading back to school for Road Safety Week!
We’re delighted to be supporting the Brain Injury Group in this year’s Road Safety Week campaign. Running November 23rd to 29th, this year’s theme is ‘drive less, live more’ and aims to improve road safety and the environment by reducing the... [read more...
Top tier ranking for clinical negligence team
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been recognised by Chambers in their 2016 guide to the UK’s legal profession. We’ve successfully retained our Band 1 ranking for clinical negligence and are the... [read more...
The Negligence + Damages Bill
The Negligence & Damages Bill recently passed its first reading unchallenged in the House of Commons. The Bill was introduced by MP Andy McDonald who seeks to find a ‘fairer and more sensible way’ to help bereaved people and people who have... [read more...
Barcan+Kirby receive top tier Legal 500 ranking
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence and personal injury teams have once again been recognised by Legal 500, an independent guide to the UK’s legal services.... [read more...
Case study: Brain injury following motorcycle accident
As personal injury solicitors, we’re only too aware of how devastating the effects of a brain injury are. It can cause both physical and psychological changes, including thinking and learning difficulties, memory loss and behavioural and personality... [read more...
Injured by a vehicle on private property? New rules may apply.
Until recently the prospects of an injured person recovering compensation as a result of injury caused by a vehicle varied according to whether the accident occurred on private property or land to which the public had access due to the nature of the... [read more...
Clinical Negligence team celebrate 2015 Chambers ranking
Our medical negligence team at Barcan Woodward has again been placed in the highest banding in the annual Chambers Directory (UK) for the South West Region.... [read more...
Personal Injury – Putting our client at the heart of the process.
As Personal Injury lawyers, we regularly deal with complex cases. These cases need expert legal experience and knowledge to understand the reasons for a claim and to make sure a satisfactory outcome is reached. However, there’s much more to it than... [read more...
Only 25% of people claim for a personal injury
It’s an interesting fact that only 25% of people who have suffered a personal injury make a claim. A new study by YouGov reveals that the number of personal injury victims who were willing to make a claim had actually fallen since 2013 when 29% of... [read more...
Just 15% of people injured at work receive compensation
A joint report by APIL and the TUC has stated that 85% of people who are injured at work, or who become ill as a direct result of their job, fail to recover any compensation. The report, entitled ‘The Compensation Myth’, claims that in 2012/13... [read more...
Proposed New Dangerous Dog Law
There has been an increase in the number of dog attacks over recent months and as a result,there is a need to promote responsible ownership. The Government has acted and is re-evaluating the law governing dogs and their owners in the hope that the number of... [read more...
Top tier ranking for medical negligence team
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence and personal injury departments have been highly recommended by Legal 500, an independent guide to the UK’s legal services. We are one of only four firms in the South West to receive a top... [read more...
Personal injury claim? Don’t get caught out by insurers
A growing number of insurance companies are contacting victims of road traffic accidents and offering to settle their injury claims quickly without involving solicitors. This practice is known as ‘Third Party Capture’. This practice presents a... [read more...
Top ranking for firm in 2014 Chambers UK guide
We’re delighted to announce that our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been highly ranked as leading departments by Chambers UK 2014, a leading independent guide to the legal profession. We’ve successfully retained our Band 1... [read more...
Commons inquiry into whiplash claims
The Commons Transport Select Committee has revealed its long-awaited report on the cost of motor insurance. The report addresses government plans to cut the cost of whiplash claims, concluding that the cuts would only benefit claims management... [read more...
Case study: Compensation for head & brain injury
As personal injury lawyers, we’re only too aware of how devastating the effects of a brain injury can be; not just for the survivor, but also for their loved ones. It can cause both physical and psychological changes, including thinking and... [read more...
Secondary victims of personal injury & negligence
A senior judge has recently given judgment at an appeal hearing in a personal injury case concerning the issue of secondary victims. Secondary victim refers to someone who witnesses a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one, and is... [read more...
Controversial restrictions on advice for RTA victims
As a result of Friday’s judgement in the Administrative Court, many people injured in road traffic accidents may no longer be able to obtain independent legal representation to claim compensation for the injuries they’ve sustained. High court... [read more...
Compensation settlement for injured cyclist
As a nation, we’re increasingly recognising the benefits that cycling can bring for both work and leisure. However, as personal injury lawyers we’re also very aware of how vulnerable cyclists can be, with an increase in the popularity of using... [read more...