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I lead our non asbestos related disease team and have specialised in this area since 1992. I have a specialist interest in noise induced hearing loss, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome/Vibration White Finger, dermatitis, RSI and asthma. As a dedicated claimant personal injury lawyer I'm involved with APIL and have acted for thousands of clients with work related diseases.
I have written articles published in the APIL newsletter.
My first job was within the Court Service - it inspired me by making me think "I want to be doing what those lawyers are doing". After only 1 year in the job I had left and was doing just that.
Whilst the job is demanding it also very rewarding and gives me a lot of job satisfaction and purpose.
IM is a great law firm. It is full of great people and is vibrant and lively.
My hobbies are football, fishing and walking.
“Every year Tinnitus Awareness Week shines a light on a condition which affects a huge number of lives and often leaves people feeling both frustrated and isolated.
“The cause of such problems is well known, yet sadly time and time again we are contacted by those who have been exposed to a high level of noise in workplaces across a number of years.
“The significant consequences that noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus have on so many people simply cannot be ignored. We would urge employers to do everything they can to provide adequate protection to workers – not just in Tinnitus Awareness Week, but all year round.”
“Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus is sadly a very common and very serious problem, particularly in this type of industry, where compressed air tools are constantly in operation.
“Unfortunately, we regularly see individuals like Alan who was failed by his employers. Companies continue to fail to take the necessary precautions to protect staff from hearing damage as a result of working closely with these tools.
“In Alan’s case the hearing loss he has suffered has impacted his life significantly and he has been told he will require hearing aids earlier than he would have had his hearing deteriorated naturally.”
“This is the third year we’ve run the competition and the standard was higher than ever. All of the entries were well-prepared and very professional.
“We picked Kavina’s entry as the winner because not only did their passion for the law really shine through but they were able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the legal matters involved. She will now come to our offices and experience a week in the life of a lawyer which will hopefully help her as she continues her studies.
“At Irwin Mitchell we are passionate about the law and honoured to be in a position where we can offer competitions like these to help the next generation of legal talent during the formative stages of their legal careers.”
Workers in many industries, including most notably the construction sector, have to carry out projects outdoors and it is vital that they are fully aware of all potential risks.
“However, while the risk of skin cancer is one which is very different to putting the correct training and ensuring the availability of the right equipment, so we would urge employers to ensure they provide plenty of advice on the issue.
“An early diagnosis is absolutely vital for any type of cancer to ensure that each patient gets fast and effective treatment to fight this disease and hopefully lead to an increased survival rate for those suffering from skin cancer.
“Health and safety must always be a priority for businesses, but sadly we see cases where the negligence of employers has led workers to suffer injury and illness.
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