Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for PI and clinical negligence

The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for PI and clinical negligence
  • Coronavirus Act 2020
  • Case management of personal injury claims
  • Communication
  • Service
  • Medical examinations
  • Exchange of evidence
  • Extensions of time
  • Remote hearings
  • Adjournments
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for PI and clinical negligence

This Practice Note aims to cover procedural guidance and other points of interest specifically relevant to PI and clinical negligence matters in addition to the general guidance for practical implications of coronavirus on litigation procedures and concepts relating to civil court processes, covered in Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.

This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Notes:

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution

  2. Coronavirus (COVID-19) civil court specific guidance—dispute resolution

  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19) civil court practice—FAQs

Coronavirus Act 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) was made to enable the government to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sections most relevant to personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence matters are:

  1. provisions on the use of video and audio technology in courts and tribunal—see Practice Note: Remote hearings in civil proceedings via video-conferencing and telephone—Use of audio and video-conferencing for hearings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

  2. coroners’ inquests (see below)

Case management of personal injury claims

See also Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution—Case progression and management.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Forum for Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) have published guidance for Best Practice For Mutual Co-Operation to assist claimant and defendant lawyers handling personal injury claims amid the coronavirus outbreak. The organisations recognised that both parties would

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