John Knight

John Knight

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John Knight is the Head of the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence departments at Ringrose Law. He has worked in the Personal Injury team at Ringrose Law since 2003, and particularly specialises in complex and high value claims such as accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents resulting in death. He also specialises in representing families at inquests and helping people suffering serious injuries from assaults or other criminal activities via the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.


It is a fact of life that we are receiving more and more queries from potential clients who are dissatisfied with the service they have received from other solicitors.

In personal injury and clinical negligence cases, this is all too commonly a result of a failure of the previous solicitors to provide their clients with clear advice based upon evidence received and to take proper informed instructions from their clients.

Unfortunately, failure to do so can often result in their clients receiving a poor service and having their personal injury or clinical negligence claims under-settled or, in the most extreme of cases, abandoned due to the way in which they have been conducted by the previous solicitors. Although they may still have reasonable prospects of success had a competent solicitor progressed the case properly.

National Law Firms
We are frequently seeing that national firms with large, open-plan, processing centres are operating under strict timescales with regard to the amount of time that they can spend per case. They simply do not spend enough time with either face-to-face or direct contact by phone or email with their clients to enable them to handle the case sufficiently professionally.

This can result in:-

  • Inadequate evidence being obtained
  • Heads of claim and serious injuries being missed
  • Financial losses associated with the injuries being missed, such as future losses and future disadvantage on the open labour market.

We treat every case with equal importance and ensure that we give our clients the best opportunity to provide us with full and detailed instructions by spending time with them and giving them the appropriate level of care and attention. We understand that experiencing any personal injury or clinical negligence claim is an emotional, distressing and worrying time. We ensure that we have processes in place for the benefit of the client, not for the benefit of the solicitor handling the claim – unlike the previous experience of clients who transfer their cases to us.

Current Changes
The current changes that are sweeping Court procedures in personal injury and clinical negligence cases are, in our experience, likely to give rise to an increase in professional negligence claims against solicitors. If you are concerned that your previous solicitors may have failed;

  • In their duty to correctly gather the evidence needed in order to properly assess your claim;
  • To take your full and detailed instructions;
  • To advise you properly as to the right level of settlement;
  • To consider future losses and to settle your case in a timely fashion without falling foul of any Court deadlines and the Limitation Act 1980;

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our legal advisers who will talk you through your potential remedies.

Time Limits
You have six years from the time when you first considered that your previous solicitors may have carried out a negligent act in which to bring Court proceedings against them for professional negligence. The remedies can include action being taken against your previous solicitors for your loss of chance and the difference between any damages that you did receive and the damages that you could have received but for their negligence actions.

John Knight is the Head of the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence departments at Ringrose Law. He has worked in the Personal Injury team at Ringrose Law since 2003, and particularly specialises in complex and high value claims such as accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents resulting in death. He also specialises in representing families at inquests and helping people suffering serious injuries from assaults or other criminal activities via the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.

After a busy weekend and time with the family, when the alarm goes off on a Monday morning it can be a struggle to go back to work and start another working week. We all look forward to Friday! The last thing on your mind is that something may go wrong and your life may be changed forever.

This for a few however is reality. In 2012/13, there were 78,222 reported non-fatal injuries to employees. Of these, 19,707 were reported major injuries; the most common kinds of accident involved slips or trips (43%), and falls from a height (13%).

When we head to work, we are under the impression that we will be safe and will be back in time for dinner with the family, however there were 148 fatal injuries to workers in the UK in 2012/2013, which of the main industrial sectors, construction, agriculture and waste and recycling had the highest rates, all sectors prominent in Lincolnshire.

Although people may not realise or understand, an employer is under a duty to take reasonable care of its employees’ health and safety, and has a duty to ensure the safety of its employees. This standard requires the employer to assess the potential risk of injury against the harm it would cause the employee and the cost of putting safety precautions in.

An employer must provide safe premises, a safe place to work, safe plant, material and equipment and a safe system of working.

If you are in an accident at work, it may not be at the fault of your employer, however if it could have been avoided then you may have a claim for personal injury. A successful claim can help you recover lost wages as a result of time off and even provide you with private medical treatment.

People can be wary of making a claim against their employer for fear of reprisals, being labelled a trouble maker or the worry that it may affect the companies’ finances. Employers are legally required to have employer’s liability insurance, for this very reason. This covers full-time and part-time employees, and self-employed contractors they hire and temporary staff, apprentices and volunteers.

If you have suffered an injury, caused for example by lifting or manual handling, by a slip and trip or you believe you sustained an injury due to lack of training, lack of safety equipment or faulty work equipment, then contact our Personal Injury team today at Ringrose Law Solicitors where we can advise you if you have a claim. Where an employer fails to comply with their duty to keep their employees safe, we are very proud to be able to help workers get the compensation they deserve.

John Knight is the Head of the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence departments at Ringrose Law. He has worked in the Personal Injury team at Ringrose Law since 2003, and particularly specialises in complex and high value claims such as accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents resulting in death. He also specialises in representing families at inquests and helping people suffering serious injuries from assaults or other criminal activities via the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.

I am often approached by individuals who are angry or upset because they feel that NHS staff have been unpleasant to them during their hospital stay, or they have received poor personal care. This is probably not a clinical negligence claim, and should be dealt with by the NHS internal complaints procedure.

The majority of the time, when we visit the doctor when we are ill, they are able to accurately diagnose our condition and treat us appropriately. This either alleviates or stops our suffering, and we are able to get on with our day-to-day lives.

Sometimes however, medical professionals can either misdiagnose an illness or treat it incorrectly, causing the situation to get worse. This can also add to the stress of being ill.

In 2012, it was reported there were 14,171 medical negligence claims closed, which was 13% higher than 2011. Of those medical negligence claims, 63% resulted in claims being awarded to the individual, and on average took less than 16 months from the start of the claims process to the claim being awarded (NHS Litigation Authority 2012).

If you have been a victim of medical negligence, you can claim compensation for the pain and suffering that you have suffered as a result of the healthcare provider’s negligence. You can also claim for any out of pocket expenses you have incurred for example, lost earnings or prescription charges. If you have received negligent medical treatment, been mis-diagnosed or not treated appropriately, then you may be entitled to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.

Typical medical negligence claims include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Failure to treat
  • Delay in treatment
  • Incorrect or improper treatment
  • Failure to gain a patients consent

In order for your medical negligence claim to succeed, you must be able to show that the medical professional has breached their duty of care towards you. Most of the time this is done by obtaining a report from suitability qualified experts who will comment about whether the care you received was of a reasonable standard.

For example, if you attended A&E because you injured you ankle and the staff failed to diagnose a fracture, a report would be obtained from a consultant in accident and emergency medicine.

How long will the claim take? This is very difficult if not impossible to anticipate. If you decide to embark on this process, you must be prepared that the claim can take a long time (the average claim takes 16 months). The claim will require the input of numerous individuals including your legal advisor, the defendant and other medical professionals.

John Knight is the Head of the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence departments at Ringrose Law. He has worked in the Personal Injury team at Ringrose Law since 2003, and particularly specialises in complex and high value claims such as accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents resulting in death. He also specialises in representing families at inquests and helping people suffering serious injuries from assaults or other criminal activities via the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.

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