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.

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