HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY NW LAW!

We are celebrating our 6th birthday this week.

Although NW Law itself is only young, collectively we have over 100 years of experience in personal injury litigation.

Every birthday, it’s nice to take stock of what’s happened to us over the years—both within NW Law and outside of the company, in the law in general.

 

NW Law Birthday CakeI set up on my own on 28th April 2008 with the intention of creating the kind of firm that I would like to be a part of: one where the clients get the treatment they deserve.

I had previously worked at both small and larger firms and wanted to take the best bits of each and create something different: a supportive, friendly firm where people could flourish.

At NW Law, we really are a family. We believe that our clients deserve a friendly, personal service. There is a saying that if your staff are happy then your clients will be happy. I firmly believe that to be true.

 

 

I am proud to see what we have achieved in the last six years. I have personally completed a postgraduate qualification in legal management and received an award for being “outstanding” from the Association of Women Solicitors. I have stood as the regional co-ordinator for the Motor Accident Solicitors Society and continue to work with them, fighting for the rights of accident victims.

 

Fighting to put the record straight.

Over the last couple of years, I have been dismayed to see the battering that the government has laid out at the request of the insurers.

 

In my opinion, insurance companies are simply self serving money making machines. They do not care about the man who cannot feed his family because he is out of work due to an accident or the person whose life has been shattered by a head injury. They care about money and their shareholders.

Insurer Offering Cash for Quick Settlement

(image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net, Grant Cochrane)

 

 

The media image of a compensation culture is scare mongering and is simply not borne out by the facts.

 

Various figures are bandied about by the newspapers about how much car insurance has gone up due to whiplash claims but when the costs were reduced by 60% 18 months ago, have the premiums dropped by that much? Of course they haven’t. One insurer reported a drop of under 2%. 2% !! They think the British public are gullible and stupid.

I am proud to be a part of MASS who tirelessly fight to put the record straight.

 

Did you know that the insurers are now lobbying to stop compensation in most cases altogether and to raise the minimum limit before you can have a solicitor to act for you?

Sadly the insurance companies have the ear of the government who seem hell bent on reducing access to justice for British people. Only this month we have seen the average Court fee for proceedings go up from just over £200 to nearly £450. It’s just obscene.

 

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I am proud to be part of a firm that continues to put the client first and lobbies for retention of access to justice.

 

So, Happy Birthday NW Law!  And here’s looking to the next 6 years—and the next and the next…….

 

Naomi Wilson – Solicitor/Director

 

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The Great NW Law Staff Easter Egg Hunt!

The offices of NW Law buzzed with excitement this morning as staff eagerly awaited the starting orders for what is now sure to be an annual event. The Great NW Law Staff Easter Egg Hunt.

Naomi Wilson and Rosie Darlington prepare for the easter egg hunt

Naomi Wilson and Rosie Darlington prepare for the easter egg hunt

At the “B of the Bang” Frances Jackson, sharpened elbows at the ready, raced on to the course leaving a trail of dust in her wake as she swept up a large number of eggs and prizes from the rooms downstairs.

Meanwhile, upstairs, staff were whipped up in to a state of chocolate-induced frenzy.

The RTA department could be heard frantically racing around opening cupboards, fridges, tea caddies and whatever receptacle they thought might be hiding an egg.

The hunt was the idea of our Director Naomi Wilson, who looked after reception and phone calls in the incredibly short time that it took for all the participants to claim all the eggs and prizes.

Easter goodies from NW Law Egg Hunt

Just some of easter goodies in our egg hunt!

Naturally, staff have returned to their desks and normal service has been restored!

All at NW Law wish you a very happy Easter.

The offices will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 17th April, reopening on Tuesday 22nd April at 9am.

If you would like us to call you back asap on our return, please leave a message on 0161 772 9922.

 

 

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Website Survey and iPod Shuffle Winners

Thanks for your help!

Many thanks to all those that completed a survey and entered our prize draw to win one of five iPod shuffles.

We have collated the responses and are already implementing some changes to our website following the feedback that we received.

Some of these changes include more on cycling accidents, a wider range of success stories and varied blog content. Take a look at www.nwlaw.co.uk and see what you think!

Our lovely NW Law colour co-ordinated iPod shuffles are already on the way to the lucky winners who were drawn at random from all the replies.

ipod shufflesThe winners are:

Mr. N., Bristol
Mrs. H., Bury
Mr. P., Wigan
Mr P., Bury
Ms. P., Mossley

Please look out for our future competitions and promotions. You can keep up with news about the firm and personal injury claims at www.nwlaw.co.uk/blog

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Why APIL are Seeking to Alter Psychiatric Injury Definitions

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) are launching a campaign to widen the legal definition under which victims are entitled to compensation for psychiatric damage after witnessing the death or injury of a close relative, the guardian reported last week.

Following the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989, the conditions set were that “close ties of love and affection” exist automatically between parents, children, spouses and fiancés only. This definition therefore excludes civil partners, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren, colleagues and friends.

APIL will also lobby for change in the stipulation that the cause of any psychiatric trauma must be triggered by a “shocking” event and that the witness has to have been “close in time and space” to the incident.

It is argued that change is necessary because psychiatric illness can be every bit as debilitating as a physical injury, it can often develop over time, and that that the definition “distressing” is more appropriate than “shocking.”

In a press statement APIL’s president, Matthew Stockwell, called the current definitions “archaic and inflexible.”

Image courtesy of ponsulak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of ponsulak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

He commented that “People who are suffering and very vulnerable are subjected to unfair and unrealistic demands to prove they are eligible to make a claim for compensation to help put their lives back on track.”

“You don’t need to actually see someone you love killed to be deeply affected by it. If the death or injury happened because of negligence, and real psychiatric harm is suffered as a result then the person who suffers that harm should be able to claim compensation without jumping through unrealistic legal hoops.”

“If you witness the death of your loved one on the television, hear about it on Facebook or see it on Skype and suffer psychiatric injury, why are you unable to obtain the financial support necessary to put your life back together again?”

“The law has not kept pace with the realities of modern life.”

 

NW Law are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers,which is a not-for-profit campaign organisation that has been fighting for the rights of injured people for well over 20 years.  

 

 

If you would like to discuss any concerns you have that arise from the issues mentioned in this post, contact our friendly, compassionate team in confidence.

 

CALL

0161 772 9922

OR CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US AND WE WILL CALL YOU BACK.

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Pancakes All Round!

It’s Shrove Tuesday today. Time to grab the frying pan and start flipping some pancakes!

Pancakes are traditionally made on this day as a way of using up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before the lenten fast.

A pancake race is one event that can be found in some places around the country today. Participants are armed with a frying pan and attempt to race through the streets, tossing pancakes as they run.

In some parts of England, “mob football” matches are held on Shrove Tuesday. A chaotic version of our national game, hundreds of participants chase the ball through the town or village streets.

We kept things a little bit safer in the office today. Naomi Wilson took control of the hob to make delicious pancakes for all the staff.

The difficult part was deciding which toppings to go for!

Naomi Wilson making pancakes for all the staff

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The #ChooseCycling Manifesto

New research details health benefits of cycling and the #choosecycling manifesto is launched.

New research commissioned by British Cycling was published last week detailing the health benefits of cycling.

Family Bike Ride on the Beach

Image courtesy of arztsamui / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The research showed that if people replaced just five minutes of the average 36 minutes that they spend in a car each day with cycling there would be an almost 5% annual reduction the health burden from inactivity-related illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers.

If 10% of trips in England and Wales were made by bikes, the savings to the NHS could reach £250 million per year. (source: britishcycling.org.uk)

This news was used to launch a new manifesto ” #ChooseCycling ” that details how the government should prioritise cycling as a mode of transport, holding the Netherlands and Denmark up as examples of what to aspire to.

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What to Look Out for Following a Head Injury

A head injury can be life changing.

In today’s blog post NW Law’s director, Naomi Wilson, tells of her unfortunate experience last month when suffering an accident and injuring her head.

Now back on the mend, the incident inspired Naomi to look at some of the complications that people can encounter following head injuries and how we at NW Law can help with such cases, from major to minor.

Well it’s been an eventful couple of weeks for me…

To let off steam last month, myself and Claire Hutchinson decided to take a day off and de-stress by going for skiing lessons.

All started well and, apart from a hilarious tumble on the ski lift, we were picking up the techniques no problem.

What happened next is still a blur……

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Cosmetic Surgery – What Happens When it Goes Wrong?

Last week we learned that 2013 showed a large rise in demand for plastic surgery in the UK.

The BBC has reported that figures released by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) show a 17% increase in cosmetic procedures, with Liposuction seeing a massive 41% increase on 2012 figures.

Breast enhancements were the most popular form of cosmetic surgery, with over eleven thousand procedures taking place in 2013. However, the quest for physical perfection was by no means limited to women—the number of men undergoing procedures is on the rise, with nose jobs being the most popular.

Rajiv Grover, a consultant plastic surgeon and president of BAAPS told the BBC, “The public are choosing tried-and-tested surgical methods rather than the magical-sounding quick fixes that fail to deliver promised results.”

Image showing markings for cosmetic surgery

Image courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Whilst it is true that for the vast majority of people, their surgery goes well and they are happy with the results—what happens when something goes wrong in either the procedure or the after-care?

 

The quality of treatment given by cosmetic surgeons is generally very good, but as was evident in the recent PIP breast implant scandal, mistakes can be made.

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NW Law Celebrates Burns Night

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This weekend sees the celebration of Burns Night in honour of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Now, the staff at NW Law usually need little convincing to get dressed up and enter in to the spirit of various events throughout … Continue reading

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Why Choosing the Right Lawyer Can Make a Big Difference to Your Claim

Not all “whiplash” and neck injury claims are straightforward -  choosing the right lawyer to deal with your claim can make a big difference.

Man suffering from neck pain

Neck Injury (Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Our client was a passenger in a car that was waiting and indicating to turn right. As the driver did so, a police car approached—without sirens—and collided with the passenger side of the vehicle. Liability for the accident was initially denied by the police.

Unhappy with delays at her previous solicitors, the accident victim sought advice from NW Law solicitors.

Claire Hutchinson, a solicitor with many years experience in personal injury, looked at the case. Claire went through the details and gave a second opinion.

 

Following this meeting, the client decided to switch to NW Law.

She was suffering from an injury to her neck which caused significant pain. Continue reading

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