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I am a solicitor specialising in claims on behalf of people who have been affected by work related illnesses. I have experience in dealing with a wide range of occupational illness claims, and in particular for those suffering with respiratory diseases, occupational cancers as well as work-related upper limb disorders and industrial deafness.
I have achieved a number of noteworthy settlements across the personal injury sector. I am also keen to raise awareness of many occupational illnesses which all too frequently go unrecognised. I strive to ensure that my clients’ claims are pursued both efficiently and professionally and all with a view to securing the maximum amount of compensation possible.
I do my utmost to put my clients at ease and make every effort to ensure that they understand the personal injury process and receive the highest standard of legal representation at what is often the most difficult time in their lives.
I have always had a passion to assist people who have been injured through no fault of their own in obtaining justice and redress. My role enables me to fulfil this objective and ensure people are properly compensated for the life changing illness they now have to live with.
The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping clients rebuild their lives which have often been so drastically affected by the negligence of others. Building a rapport with clients is key to achieving this goal and I gain great satisfaction when successfully securing compensation for those most in need.
Irwin Mitchell’s principle objective is to put the client’s interests first. This is an outlook which I consider to be an essential part of the job. I also enjoy working within such a specialist and knowledgeable team who strive to ensure that those in need receive the highest standard of legal advice.
Away from the office I am a keen sports enthusiast. I enjoy participating in 10k assault course challenges as well as playing football when time allows.
“Derek was regularly exposed to high levels of respirable crystalline silica dust due to the use of power tools and working with stone.
“Occupational lung diseases have a devastating effect on lives and more regulation and enforcements of such law needs to be put in place.
“Employers and employees are still not aware of how to protect themselves from the dangers of silica dust and developing this devastating disease.
“I represent people whose lives have been shortened by the disease and even though we are able to recover compensation for loss of earnings and the cost of care, when we can never turn back the clock and heal them.
“The settlement of this case will hopefully give Derek and his family some financial security and help fund his future care as they continue to come to terms with his ailing health.”
“Our thoughts are with the individual’s and their families who were involved in the incident.
“We have represented many families who have sadly lost loved ones who have died in accidents whilst at work or who have died later in life as a result of previous working conditions.
“Northamptonshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive must find answers as to why the gas leak happened as soon as possible to ensure an incident like this never happens again. All workers should be able to go to and from work every day without facing risk of illness, injury or worse.
“This incident is a reminder of why health and safety laws are so important and need to remain a forefront priority for the government and all employers, as it is their duty to look after the individuals who are working for them.”
“The findings at the inquest came as a shock to Valerie and understandably, she’s now keen to find answers surrounding Fred’s exposure to the deadly by-products which caused the metastatic carcinoma.
“Due to the nature of industrial disease, many people are not diagnosed until decades after they were exposed.
“The inquest raised a lot of questions about Fred’s work as well as the cause of his illness. I would therefore ask anyone with information about the working practices at Goodyear Tyres to come forward to speak to us.”
“Skin conditions such as contact dermatitis can be caused by regular contact with harmful substances but they can be easily avoided if the correct precautions and safety measures are implemented.
“Sadly for Susan, these measures were not taken by her employer and she has developed a serious condition that not only causes her a significant amount of pain, but has had a long-term impact on her day-to-day life.
“She continues to suffer with this condition and although medication can treat the symptoms, she regularly endures periods of pain caused by her contact dermatitis. We are delighted to have been able to secure her a settlement from her employer and hope that more will be done in the future to protect others for similar exposure to harmful substances.
“We hope the settlement will help Susan access the medication and treatment she will require to control the symptoms of her condition.”
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