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RTA Injury Claim? … there’s an app for that

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From The Law Society Gazette 21/01/11:
A 150-year-old Manchester law firm has created an iPhone ‘accident app’ which it claims could revolutionise the personal injury claims process.Croftons has released the iPhone app to help claimants gather accurate evidence and information after an accident at work or on the road, and provide easy access to personal injury lawyers.The app allows users to record the immediate details of an incident with photographs, words or recorded statements, and then send them to a lawyer to get a quick and informed assessment of the claim.Geolocation technology automatically pin-points the location of the incident, the camera can take photos of the scene and any damage or injuries caused, while the voice recorder can log eyewitness accounts.Let’s hope it has a good expletive zapper. Motorists are not exactly known for their calmness immediately after an accident!!!Users also get practical guidance, with on screen prompts, to help them collect all the relev…

A over T for an SMS

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From Law Brief Update:
A woman who was filmed at a shopping mall by cctv, walking into a fountain while texting on her mobile phone, says she may sue the shopping centre which apparently leaked the video to YouTube.Cathy Cruz Marrero said in an interview with readingeagle.com that she is “mortified” by the incident, which was captured by security staff at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, USA.The footage was posted to YouTube. It features multiple camera angles and members of the security team are heard laughing and ridiculing the woman as her accident occurs.Marrero said, “My issue is I don’t think security was professional because they didn’t send anyone to check on me until 20 minutes later and I had already left. Instead of laughing, they should have said, ‘Is she OK?’ and been down there right away to check on me.” A over T for an SMS After my post about the Road SMS app last week, I couldn’t pass this one up.  I bet Marrero wishes she’d been using that app; that …

Road SMS App: the sure-fire way to an RTA

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From Engadget 14/07/10:
We haven't actually seen it for ourselves, but we're hearing the Samsung Galaxy S can download an interesting little app. Called Road SMS, the basic idea is that the phone's camera constantly runs to let you see through the screen, while a virtual keyboard allows your fingers to safely text whomever you want. To be frank, we don't think folks will use this app seriously. We're just hoping someone will develop an augmented reality joke version that, ever so often, generates ghostly images of high speed oncoming traffic. And remember kids, don't text and drive. It’s not just texting and driving – it’s walking as well! Either of those are a sure-fire way to a road traffic accident. How about just putting your damn phone away and looking where you’re going rather than downloading yet another app to try and solve a simple problem.I’m sure there’s a reason I get so many hits on Law Actually for “texting girl fell down sewer”.  I’ve said it …

Shorter, Super Intense LPC: When 7 into 9 just doesn’t go

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From The Lawyer 10/01/11: BPP Law School has bowed to student demands by becoming the first LPC provider to launch a fast-track LPC to all students, beginning in August 2011.The condensed course will cram the standard nine-month offering into seven months, but will cost the same (£12,500 in London) and require students to have shorter study breaks, working through the summer and winter holidays.BPP dean Peter Crisp said: “We’re moving away from the mindset that programmes should be designed around the needs of the ­faculty rather than around the needs of students.“I think students are going to welcome the opportunity to do the course in a shorter timeframe and will welcome the flexibility, enjoy the intensity of the programme and be ­better prepared for work.”Enjoy the intensity? Are you kidding me?Be better prepared for work? Well in the sense they’re absolutely ran into the ground, thoroughly burnt out and on the cusp of an unhealthy psychosis, yes, this new super-intense LPC will p…

Will-writers to be mystery shopped

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From The Solicitors Journal 09/12/10:
Mystery shoppers will test the service provided by will-writers early next year [this year, now], as part of a Legal Services Board project.Research agency IFF Research has been commissioned by the LSB, the Legal Services Consumer Panel and the Office of Fair Trading to recruit individuals to report back on their experience of getting a will, which will then be assessed by a panel of solicitors and will-writers.IFF will select 100 consumers looking to obtain a will. Of these, 40 will use a solicitor, 40 will use a will-writer, and 20 will write their own will using an online provider or paper-based DIY will.The names of the firms producing the wills, and the names of those obtaining the wills, will remain anonymous. A pilot study is scheduled to take place in January, with the full study taking place in February and March.The LSB is examining whether to make will-writing a reserved legal activity. I’ve always steered as far clear of private cli…

Software Gripes

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Whilst I’m used to configuring my computers so that they give me as easy a ride as possible, there are a few issues which just grate on me too much to keep quiet.  So,  I thought I might share some of the worst.

Chrome Bookmark Manager
Why doesn’t Chrome have a keyboard shortcut for bookmark manager.  Yeah, I know you can try Alt + E and B but that doesn’t quite cut it as an easy shortcut. Bookmarking the bookmark manager and adding it to the bookmark toolbar is another option but again, there should be a better default option.

Accidentally deleted bookmarks
Why does Firefox and Chrome make it so difficult to retrieve an accidentally deleted bookmark?  Yes, I know there are ways of doing it, but they are far, far too complicated and long-winded.  And you shouldn’t have to turn to Google for help just to ‘undelete’ a file.  Don’t Mozilla and Google know how many trigger-happy computer users there are out there?

Google Docs - page numbers
It always seems a case of two steps forward…

Broken Blogger Comments: Checkbox Oh Checkbox

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Like many of you, I rely heavily on email notification for blog post comments to keep track of the conversation.  After all, who has the time or energy to go back to individual blog posts and check if there have been any further comments left?  That might have cut it in 2005, but it really doesn’t any longer.  

Google/Blogger/Blogspot (whatever they’re called) offer a strange kind of system which varies depending on how the blogger has configured the comments to work on their individual blog.   

Under the settings menu in the Dashboard, there are essentially 3 options for comments (as well as disabling them all together):
I had always employed the pop-up check box on Law Actually, despite coming to really hate this option on other blogs.  I’ve fixed it now at least.

So here’s what really annoys me about the pop-up window and full page options for comments in Blogger.

To receive email alerts, the visitor MUST click the check box BEFORE they publish their comment but you don’t se…

Pocket Rocket goes with a bang

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The world seems to be obsessed with setting fireworks off on any occasion these days, and at weird times, too. I’m not particularly taken with them at any time of the year, but I’ve certainly never understood doing it a few days either side of Guy Fawkes Night or about 9.45pm on New Year’s Eve.  What’s up with that?Anyhow, I came across this rather painful story on Legal Juice the other day:
Police responded to a call for medical assistance in the 12000 block of Ambaum Blvd. A man accidentally set off a bottle rocket firework in his pants. He was transported to Harborview by ambulance to be treated for superficial burns on his groin, face and hand. No other injuries were reported.Hmm…  He accidentally set it off or it just activated in his pants?  They’re not quite the same thing.But why would you carry fireworks in your trousers in the first place?  That’s just mental!  In fact, I’m surprised he didn’t have a rocket tucked behind his ear as well.In any case, I guess this brings a …

Trash Deluge hits Exeter: Blame the Students

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I know Exeter isn’t the only place in the UK having, shall we say, a bit of a tough time of it lately in respect of their rubbish collections, but what the heck. Paraphrasing the story I stumbled across on This Is Exeter, it seems the December snowfall, Christmas bank holidays and the council’s ever-increasing fears about being sued as a result of accidents caused by an out-of-control dustcart, have culminated in a perfect storm of trash - which is obliterating the city. I believe Exeter is now well on the way to be being buried under sackfuls of the stuff. Being ever mindful of litigation myself, perhaps there’s a business opportunity here for personal injury firms to solicit pedestrians who have suffered the misfortune of tripping and falling over the bags of trash on the streets.  Should PI lawyers now start following dustcarts rather than ambulances, to look for business?Anyhow, the article itself was pretty ho-hum but it was the comments further down which really caught my eye.Fr…

Ladder fiasco ends in tragedy

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From the Independent 15/12/10:
BT was fined £300,000 today after a judge said a "significant failing" by the company contributed to the death of one its engineers.David Askew, 52, died after falling from a stepladder while working at the Canonbury Telephone Exchange, north London, in October 2006.The experienced engineer was standing on the top rung of the seven-foot ladder and working alone at the time of his death, Southwark Crown Court, central London, heard.The accident resulted in BT being convicted of failing to ensure the health and safety of its employees at a trial in October this year.Judge Deborah Taylor said the company had not provided appropriate ladders, leading Mr Askew to use a wooden ladder he found on the site.Staff working at heights had also been given "erroneous advice" in BT's manuals, which did not consider the most up-to-date legislation, she continued.She said: "This was a significant failing by BT, whose employees regularly wo…

Back to the grind

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It’s been a little while since I last posted as I’ve been largely lying low since my return from Philly, enjoying a little festive downtime and a LOT of festive food.Anyhow, given that all good things come to an end, I’m back at work tomorrow after what feels like ages, but it’s been great to get away for a while.I guess it’s back to the daily grind now for a bit now.   I don’t even want to begin thinking about the amount of unread email I’ll have to wade through; I had the courage to check one of my work accounts a few days ago, but couldn’t face the other two.  Worse still, God alone knows what else has jumped onto my to-do list over the last few weeks.  I sense it’s not going to be pretty!As ever, I’ve avoided New Year’s resolutions like the plague and hope to ease myself through January as painlessly as possible. I really hate this time of year.Maybe I have a touch of the winter blues kicking in?  Eewph… it’ll be spring before I know it.  It will, won’t it?