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Personal Injury Law Journal: February 2015

Claire Booth considers the diverse role of the case manager and the factors that help predict the cost of case management for clients with complex needs, prior to and following settlement of a claim

Case management is a process devoted to the coordination, rehabilitation, care and support of people with complex, clinical needs. The British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM) explains that it aims to facilitate their independence and improve their quality of life while acknowledging safety issues.

Limitation; Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978; date cause of action accrues

This case determined a short but important point as to when the limitation period runs (and therefore expires) in respect of a claim under the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978.

Liam Ryan discusses summary dismissal, psychiatric injury and remoteness

While stress at work claims where a claimant has been exposed to a lengthy and continuous period of stress recently benefited from judicial guidance (Daniel v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] and Bailey v Devon Partnership NHS Trust [2014], the law when dealing with claims for psychiatric injury arising from the a single act, despite the recent Court of Appeal Judgment in Yapp v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2014] remains fluid and turbulent.

In the second of two articles Linda Jacobs looks at legal liability in multiple defendant claims

Claims involving multiple defendants are often complex in terms of the facts, the law and the expert medical evidence. They are claims that we all have some experience of, and the issues involved have no doubt troubled us all to a greater or lesser degree at times.

Paul Jones sets out a court’s cost options after a case that is only a partial success

A not uncommon issue in relation to costs in personal injury claims is what costs order the court should make when a claimant succeeds on their claim but only recovers a fraction of the full value of the claim as pursued. The recent case of Sheri Everett v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (2014) considers this important issue.

Gareth Price explores the situations in which QOCS protection might be forfeited

The effect of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) is that any costs order made against the claimant is enforceable only up to the amount of any damages and interest recovered by the claimant. Costs ‘protection’ is thereby afforded to claimants.