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What you need to know about Rix v Paramount when calculating future losses in a fatal personal injury claim

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Rix v Paramount confirms the answer to a question that sometimes arises from fatal claims following the loss of the driving force behind family companies. The court looked at the reality behind the income from the company i.e. that it was generated by the husband despite the wife being an equal shareholder, and also reconfirmed that the dependency claim is assessed at the time of death, so the ongoing success of the company in the hands of the family’s sons did not reduce the widow’s loss of dependency.

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‘Long covid’ and brain injury – the hidden consequences

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Contributing authors: Audrey Daisley

In December 2019, people started hearing stories of what would eventually be named COVID-19. As we all know, society was not prepared for the devastating effects of this virus, nor of the ensuing pandemic which took the world by surprise. The virus has completely changed the way we go about our daily lives and people are starting to have to rethink what is the ‘new normal’.

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Received significant injury compensation? Here’s one way you can protect it

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After receiving compensation for an injury, one of the biggest decisions individuals have to make is what to do with the money they have received when their claim has settled.

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Injury Prevention Week – improved road safety is just the beginning

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Following the release of the IPPR’s and APIL’s injury prevention report last week, and in honour of Injury Prevention Week, Tracy Norris-Evans reviews what the report can tell us and what the UK needs to learn about injury prevention.

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Treating chronic pain is difficult – NICE’s guidance on pain medication assumes it’s simple

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NICE has recently issued guidance for health professionals to stop prescribing pain medication for people suffering with chronic pain, due to the potential problems common drugs may cause. Unfortunately, according to Louise Hart, they’re suggesting a blanket change for a complex issue.

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Brain injury training for prison staff is vital, and studies support it

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Following Headway’s appointment as the organisation responsible for training prison staff about brain injury, Beth Evans looks at the background studies showing why this programme is so important.

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Can everyone dial in? – The challenges and benefits of video conferencing for those living with a brain injury

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Contributing authors: Tracy Norris-Evans

During lockdown, video calls have become the ‘norm’. What used to be a system to enable meetings across long distances has now become an essential piece of technology to stay social in these strange times.

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Covid-19, mesothelioma and you

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Helen Childs, specialist industrial disease solicitor and head of our Mesothelioma Claims team, explains what we have learned from the impact of coronavirus on mesothelioma patients.

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Does a cow – or any animal – have to be ‘dangerous’ for an animal injury claim to be made?

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After hearing of a recent and tragic case involving animals injuring and even killing members of the public, Richard Brooks clarifies whether the animal has to be considered ‘dangerous’ for a claim to be brought.

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What The Coronavirus Act 2020 means for society’s most vulnerable

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The Coronavirus bill introduces a wide variety of emergency powers that are set to have a huge impact on support for disabled people, their carers, and their families.

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Domestic abuse and brain injury – a hidden issue?

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Contributing authors: Clizia Motterle

Brain injury, the effects of which are often hidden, has recently been found to be a big issue for women who have experienced domestic violence. What are the effects this may have and what can those who have experienced it do about it?

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Is there a link between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and homelessness?

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Josh Craig, a trainee in our Personal Injury team, takes a look at recent research which suggests there may be a causal link between brain injury and homelessness – two issues of great importance to our entire firm.

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