Recently there was a much publicised story of a shopper who sustained severe injuries when visiting supermarket giant Aldi in Widnes. She sustained the injuries when building tiles on the Aldi store fell onto her - causing serious injuries which hospitalised her. Following this terrible incident there will certainly be a wide scale investigation from the Health and Safety Executive whose findings will be revealed in due course.

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As we enter into the season of longer days and warmer weather, many of us will be reaching for the tennis racquet at the back of the cupboard, the football from the shed, the swimming trunks from the chest of drawers and heading out to our local sporting facilities. Did you know that under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 the owners of such facilities need to ensure that all visitors are safe from potential harm?

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In the past few weeks there have been articles on websites, newspapers and even on the television about the recent convictions for instigators of “cash for crash” schemes; South Wales, Chester and other areas across the UK have reportedly been targeted by such schemes. The fight against personal injury claims has been publicised more prominently over the past few weeks and has coincided with the Government’s recent plan to abolish whiplash claims.

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In November, the Government stated that they plan to bring an end to whiplash claims in the UK - aiming to reduce motorist premiums and closing the door on the so-called ‘whiplash culture’. But one has to wonder whether the Government has been influenced by the negative and trivial media portrayal of ‘whiplash’ claims and whether this move will even equate to real savings for motorists in the UK on their car insurance premiums?

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The car insurance industry has again been in the news this week regarding the “eyewatering” prices that they charge to their customers. Insurers have blamed the increase in claims for whiplash being made. However, recent statistics have shown that Road Traffic Personal Injury claims have decreased in numbers significantly in the past two years. In fact statistics from the Compensation Recovery Unit show that whiplash claims have, in fact, fallen by almost 200,000 in the last four years.

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