Failure to Wear a seatbelt – effect upon Compensation In a road traffic accident, where a Claimant fails to wear a seatbelt, an insurer will almost always seek to deduct 25% from the compensation claim. In reality it is not as straightforward as an insurer would have you believe. Firstly, the burden of proving the…Details
Richard Meggitt, Solicitor explores the obligation on an employer when dealing with asbestos in the 1970s.
Exposure to asbestos; what should an employer in the 1970s have done? Mr Bussey was employed as a plumber from 1965 to 19618. In the course of that employment, he handled and cut asbestos cement pipes and manipulated asbestos rope when installing and repairing central heating systems and boilers. In February 2015, he developed mesothelioma.…Details
Serious Injury Team Introduction to who we are Aiming for the best results at all times 35 years’ service in Sheffield What you can expect Accident victims who have suffered a serious injury require immediate attention, in our view. After 35 years’ service to the people of Sheffield and elsewhere, these are the matters which…Details
Richard Meggitt, Partner at ASD Solicitors, explains what Third Party Capture is in a personal injury claim.
What is Third Party Capture Third-party capture is a term used to describe efforts by the insurance industry to persuade injured people to settle a claim directly with them. This means that an injured person will not instruct a solicitor to make a claim. Insurers have tried to defend this practice by claiming they cut…Details
Richard Meggitt, Partner at ASD Solicitors, explains what Personal protective equipment (PPE) is and what obligations an employer has.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) Since the start of the pandemic there has been much discussion in the media about personal protective equipment (PPE). An employer, which includes the NHS, has an obligation to provide appropriate PPE and training in its usage. PPE should be worn as a last resort. Whenever there are risks to health…Details
Many of us are cycling more at the moment. Richard Meggitt, Partner at ASD Solicitors, explains what you can claim for following a cycling accident
Understanding the Value of a Cycling Claim Most cyclists understand that if they suffer injury as a result of someone else’s negligence they can claim damages for personal injury. See our guide here. In this article I set out other claims that can be made in addition to General Damages (compensation for injury).…Details
There’s a lot out there about claiming compensation after an accident at work, so much in fact that you can feel flooded with jargon terms like ‘no win, no fee’, ‘personal injury claim’ and the like. Below is an easy summary of the criterion needed to make a personal injury claim and some advice about how to…Details
In a personal injury case, the compensation is split into two different types of loss: general damages and special damages. The differences between the two types of damages are subtle but profound. We’ll start by discussing what general damages are before explaining what special damages are, and further breaking down the different types of special…Details
Staying at home If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. Self-isolation and sick pay Employees and workers must receive any Statutory Sick Pay due to them if they need to self-isolate because:– they have coronavirus – they…Details
We are fully operational and we have comprehensive plans to continue ‘business as usual’. If you wish to make a new enquiry our Solicitors are here to help 9am to 9pm. We continue to accept new cases and recommendations through the website, by email and telephone. As a precaution, we are now limiting face to…Details
This is one of the most common questions we get from clients. People are often angered when they realise a friend or colleague received more compensation for what they perceive to be an identical injury to their own. In this article, we’ll explain why this happens and which factors directly affect the amount you receive…Details
Without further ado, here is a list of the 21 mistakes someone may make in their personal injury claim: Not seeing your solicitor in person. I am of the opinion that when someone is injured and thinking about making a claim the first meeting should be ‘face to face’ with a solicitor. That is true…Details
The festive period is typically thought of as a time for celebrating with friends and loved ones. Sadly, some of us miss out on the joy of Christmas. At Sheffield Children’s Hospital, hundreds of children have to spend the festive period on a ward each year. Although many are upbeat and happy, some struggle, particularly…Details
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) released a leaflet back in June 2019 discussing some of the common problems and misunderstandings of personal injury claims. Many people in the UK are of the opinion that personal injury claims are out of hand and are costing the NHS, employers and the taxpayer too much. Others…Details
In 2017 an estimated 3.6 million drivers in England and Wales failed to disclose relevant medical conditions to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You must tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and: You develop a notifiable medical condition or disability You have a condition or disability that’s worsened since you got…Details
Accident Solicitors Direct joined with staff at unLTD Magazine to undergo an epic 11 hour battle through wind and rain with the aim to raise funds towards a £5,000 target for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. Starting at Wessenden, the hardy trekkers, including Ralph Clark, Lydia Topham, Judy Pearson, Bethany Rhodes-Lockwood, Grace Newbold, Kirsty Wild…Details
The law in slipping cases is, in theory, settled and straightforward. One question that often arises in practice, however, is whether the occupier bears an evidential burden of proving that it had in place a proper and adequate system. How does this evidential burden work. The Law The starting point is s2(2) of the Occupiers’…Details
Grace graduated from the University of Keele in 2015 with a BSc degree in Psychology and Criminology, during which time she gained experience working in Child Protection Law, assisting with many different aspects of cases funded by legal aid. She then completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University…Details
Medical records are an important part of personal injury cases. If those notes happen to be scrutinised in a civil trial, that trial will probably take place somewhere between two and five years after the notes were made. As the years go by, the notes can develop into the most crucial evidence in the case.…Details
On 3rd June 2019 ASD Solicitors celebrated their 35th year in business at 275 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield with a glass of bubbly and a birthday cake. Partner, Richard Meggitt said “I am delighted to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the business. My thanks go to the dedicated team here, to our clients, old and new…Details