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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.
“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.
"We believe Mushtah was not provided with ear protection throughout his working life at Duport Harper. This means that, through no fault of his own, he was left with partial deafness which affected his and his family’s day-to-day life.
“It is vital that anyone who knew or worked with Mushtah comes forward with any information concerning the working practices at Duport Harper to help us with our investigation.
“Employees’ health and safety must be a top priority. Companies must ensure that noise exposure in workplaces is kept to a minimum and, crucially, to ensure ear protection is provided for employers for the duration of their careers.”
Tinnitus is an extremely frustrating condition for those who suffer from it, as well as for their friends and family who can struggle to understand the problems it can cause. It can have a significant impact on the lives of sufferers and we hope this awareness week will raise the profile of the condition and inform sufferers of the help and support available to them.
“All too often, in our work, we deal with people who have suffered noise-induced hearing damage as a result of being exposed to excessive levels of noise at work. It is vital employers do more to protect their members of staff and take any necessary action to protect the hearing of employees who spend time in a noisy environment.
“Employees have the right not to face adverse effects of going to work and doing their job. Unfortunately, we regularly see cases where a lack of simple health and safety has led to hearing damage and conditions such as tinnitus.
“We hope that the support and awareness raised this week will showcase the importance of protecting workers and the long-term and life-changing consequences that a lack of hearing protection can have on workers.”