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An­swered by Adrian Clancy, To­tal Tri­umph


My flip-front Box needs re­plac­ing, but I’m strug­gling to find a re­place­ment that will al­low my glasses to fit and ac­com­mo­date my not-quiteDes­per­ate-dan-sized chin! A £200 AGV seemed ideal un­til I put my glasses on. Steven Perkins, email

An­swered by Keith Rois­set­ter, In­fin­ity Mo­tor­cy­cles My daily hel­met is an HJC RPHA

I had a bad ac­ci­dent in Jan­uary 2015. I had mul­ti­ple frac­tures to both legs and was in hospi­tal for six weeks. Early on, the in­surer of the car that hit me wrote to me telling me that they have in­structed solic­i­tors to act for me. Back then I was grate­ful as it was one thing less to worry about. How­ever, as time goes on they donõt seem to be get­ting any­where and I am now think­ing that they are not act­ing in my in­ter­ests as they are be­ing paid by the in­surer of the driver who hit me. What should I do?

Ken Har­ries, New­port

Your con­cern is rea­son­able. Ir­re­spec­tive of the fact that solic­i­tors have a duty to act in the best in­ter­ests of their clients there will al­ways be the con­cern over a con­flict of in­ter­est here. You need to en­sure that you ob­tain com­pletely in­de­pen­dent ad­vice and I would ask an­other firm to take over con­duct of your case for you. That way you can be sure you are get­ting truly in­de­pen­dent ad­vice and can be con­fi­dent of a fair set­tle­ment when the time is right.

You can trans­fer your claim to an­other firm of solic­i­tors free of charge. All you have to do is sign a form of au­thor­ity and your new firm will send that to the old firm re­quest­ing the file. It sounds to me that you need re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion which the pro­posed De­fen­dan­tõs in­surer should agree to pro­vide at no cost as­sum­ing li­a­bil­ity is not in dis­pute. Re­mem­ber you are en­ti­tled to pri­vate treat­ment/surgery and donõt be wor­ried if your op­po­nent sug­gests you must go through the NHS, as this is not cor­rect. I sug­gest switch­ing firms as soon as pos­si­ble.

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