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Road Traffic Accidents On Holiday - Can You Claim?

30th May 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Holidaymakers are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident when driving in mainland Europe than in the UK, and the risk of a collision rises nearly threefold when in Greece and Portugal, according to a RAC Driving Abroad Report, published in 2013.

The British Foreign Office claim that the number of British tourists involved in road collisions has risen, in particular, at popular holiday destinations, such as Spain and Australia.

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Complaints Of Negligence Rise As Property Buying Boom Puts Pressure On Conveyancing Process

20th May 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Are conveyancing solicitors tripping over themselves and making mistakes as they try to keep up with the demands of an unstoppable property bubble? Between 2013 /14, one in every five complaints received  by the Legal Ombudsmen (LeO) involved residential conveyancing, which they state has become “the most complained about area of law.”

In fact, complaints regarding conveyancing issues made to the LeO by residential property buyers are reported to have increased by 25 per cent  in the last twelve months.

It was further revealed that of the 1,500 complaints a significant number centred upon the payment of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) during the purchase of residential property valued above £125,000. According to LeO, as property prices continue to accelerate  “there is concern that lawyers are sacrificing quality of service to keep up with demand.”

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"“Patients At Risk Of Harm” Due To NHS Nurse Understaffing, Says NICE Report"

20th May 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

"Concern has again been raised over nurse / patient ratios in NHS hospital wards. Increasing nurse workloads could mean potential risk to quality of care, according to a draft report recently released by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

In the report, NICE suggests that “patients are at risk of harm if a nurse has to care for more than eight people on a ward during the day.”

Once more we see confidence in NHS care being put to the test as nurses and hospital staff attempt to maintain standards despite increased patient numbers and over-stretched resources. However, patients can, and still do, commonly fall victim to tragic mistakes in hospital wards where government cuts mean nurses are often expected to take care of many more patients than ever before. At the start of  2014, NHS England admitted that twenty-five patients a month were being “harmed by NHS staff blunders.”