What should I do to ‘Mitigate Loss’?

If you’re entering into compensation claim proceeding, you will probably be asked about mitigating loss. This is an important legal standard which is particularly relevant to Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, and Medical Negligence claims.

What is mitigated loss?

To mitigate means ‘to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad’. Mitigated loss is therefore the concept that if you fall victim to something, you should want to minimise the damage caused to you. If you have demonstrated no effort to minimise your suffering, it may bring to question how much compensation you deserve.

Why is it important?

Mitigated loss is important because it takes into account your actions when awarding compensation. A judge will review to what extent you have suffered a loss, and if you have taken reasonable actions to minimise that loss.  You also have to take reasonable steps not to increase that loss.

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Medical Negligence Claims – What to expect

If you have suffered injuries as a result of Medical Negligence, you may be thinking about making a claim or getting some answers; and indeed you should, especially if this has had a big impact on your life. Sometimes our clients’ biggest concern is that this treatment shouldn’t happen to anyone else and lessons are learned.

Though successful claims can make a world of difference, it’s important to consider what the legal journey may be like.

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Personal Injury Reform Set to Dramatically Affect Compensation Claims

If you’re seeking to claim for a whiplash or any other injury following a motor accident, you may want to hurry.

The Personal Injury reform, set to come into effect in April 2020, will result in you finding it harder to secure compensation for motor accidents. The reform will also make it harder to claim back legal fees from the person you are suing.

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Caring for the elderly at Christmas

An estimated 200,000 elderly people will spend this Christmas alone with a further 1.5 million effected by loneliness.

Many elderly people fear to leave the house due to the bad weather, resulting in them struggling to have access to basic items such as food.

Also, many elderly people don’t keep sufficiently warm due to fear of rising gas and electric bills, resulting in fatal illnesses, including the flu.

The elderly and physically challenged are most at risk of suffering from the bad weather as they find it difficult to stay mobile and leave the house.

It’s important that we consider our elderly family members, neighbours and friends over the Christmas period.

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Are Civil Partnerships just for same sex couples?

2019 has seen the development of Civil Partnerships as they now allow mixed sex couples to register. However there is still confusion surrounding the difference between a Civil Partnership and marriage. Senior matrimonial specialist, John Clegg, explains.

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Are you planning to give the gift of cash this Christmas?

With Christmas fast approaching, rather than brave the crowds of last minute Christmas shoppers, you may wish to consider gifting cash instead this year. Wills, Trusts & Probate specialist, Stephanie Chung, discusses the added benefits you can gain by gifting cash which could reduce your inheritance tax.

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DIY Divorces – Are They Worth It?

A rising number of couples are resorting to DIY services in an attempt to reduce the costs of Divorce. Filing for a Divorce independently can cost as little as £550, which is the court fee for a – Divorce petition. However could dealing with a Divorce yourself cost more in the long run?

Partner and Matrimonial Specialist, Sharon Lockwood, explains more.

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What is going on with Probate fees?

As I have previously reported, the Government was due to implement a new fee structure when applying for a grant of probate on 1st April 2019 but this has not yet happened, so what exactly is going on?

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Howells Giving Back to the Community

As part of our #happytohelp mission, a number of our staff members are engaged in activities designed to help members of the local community outside of their usual legal advice capacity. Rachel Clegg, a Senior Paralegal in our Matrimonial team, is the latest member of the team to sign up to a University of Sheffield student mentoring scheme.
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Probate fee price hike on the way

In 2017 the Government dropped it’s plans to increase the fee charged to obtain a grant of probate ahead of the general election. Proposals have now been made again to introduce new probate fees.

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