With consolidation both in the insurance and legal sector and ongoing regulatory change leading to a reduction in litigation frequency, the steps we have taken in recent years to diversify our offerings have enabled us to thrive in a changing market.
DWF offer a range of claims and non-claim services to our insurance clients. We house a full service insurance team, handling thousands of outsourced motor, casualty, property and professional indemnity claims on an annual basis, whilst continuing to handle the most high value, complex and often sensitive claims for our clients. We are leaders in innovation, combining technology and service excellence.
Our corporate and commercial service gives our clients a full service offering whatever their business needs and objectives.
With investment in our non-contentious corporate insurance team in London, we have broadened our offering to the insurance market beyond claims.
Our insurance and regulatory teams have been involved in some of the highest profile and sensitive claims this year, often with intense media coverage.
Our clients include some of the UK's largest and well-known insurers, adjusters and corporates, including Aviva, RSA, Zurich, Chubb, Allianz, Direct Line and QBE, some of which stretch back over 20 years.
The UK High Court recently accepted that Vauxhall, a large car manufacturer, was liable for the death of Lydia Carey, the wife of an electrician and former employee of Vauxhall.
The Court of Appeal recently delivered its reasons in SS Family Pty Ltd v WorkCover Queensland, granting leave to the Defendant (Vero) to appeal but dismissing such appeal with costs.
Although assaults in the workplace are not overly common, there have been a number of Queensland decisions involving employees who have suffered injuries from assaults by third parties in the course of their employment.
A worker who suffered a neck injury and secondary psychiatric injury during the course of his employment has been awarded more than one million dollars in damages, despite significant causation issues whereby the Claimant first reported symptoms consistent with a disc prolapse some four months post incident.
In this article we look at two manual handling case studies with two significantly different outcomes which raises the question of whether generic manual handling is sufficient in the defence of a negligence claim.