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I am the managing Partner for motor road traffic accident claims at Irwin Mitchell and executive board member for the Personal Legal Services division. I'm also CEO of IMe Law.
A team of around 150 fee earners in the motor team provide high level services to recover uninsured losses following road traffic accidents. This can range from recovery of a simple policy excess to significant personal injury claims.
Whilst many clients come to us direct for our reputation as a pre-eminent provider of personal injury services we are also panel solicitors for a number of leading legal expense insurance companies who recognise our ability to deliver accessible, quality volume legal services.
I am also on the national management committee of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society. MASS, like Irwin Mitchell, is concerned with protecting and promoting the interests of road traffic accident victims and is regularly asked to consult on procedural and legislative changes.
Most lawyers will say that they were initially inspired by the idea of justice for the individual and I am no different. However, as I started work in legal practice I began to understand that the job of a lawyer is so much more than that. It is about making sure the legal problem is the smallest thing in the client's life not the biggest.
The daily reward of the job comes from seeing clients receive the compensation they are properly entitled to.
The staff at Irwin Mitchell are hugely dedicated and we all work for each other to achieve the best results for our clients. This combined with a culture of always wanting to improve make it a place where we can always feel we are providing the best for our clients.
My children take up most of my time outside work but when I can I escape to rugby union and particularly the blue and gold of Worcester Warriors.
New development and research into noise-induced hearing loss is always welcome and we hope that this new technology will help reduce the number of people suffering with hearing damage in the future. In our work we see the impact noise-induced hearing loss can have on individuals, as well as their loved ones, which makes the research being conducted so important.
“While it is still early days in the research, we hope it will eventually be implemented to cut the number of people that suffer with the problem. However, there is still a lot that can be done now and we would urge all employers to take the necessary steps to reduce the potential for noise-induced hearing loss in a working environment. Providing ear protection to workers is a simple measure, but it can prevent people suffering for years with poor hearing and tinnitus.”
This shocking incident is the latest in a long line of dog attacks in Britain and highlights the devastating consequences a dog attack can have for the victim and those who witness the event. In our work we have represented a number of people who have suffered severe physical injuries and long-lasting psychological issues as a result of a dog attack.
“In this case it was the dog’s owner that was attacked, but in so many others we see members of the public injured as a result of dangerous dogs owned by others being out of control. With this in mind, we would once again urge the Government to consider the introduction of compulsory licensing and insurance for owners which would ensure any victims of attacks would get justice in relation to any injuries they suffer.”
This shocking incident resulted in this man suffering nasty injuries as a result of being attacked by two dogs. The impact of dog bites can be devastating for victims, as the attacks can leave both physical and psychological injuries, causing a huge amount of distress for victims.
“This dog attack is a serious matter and indicates the need for dog owners to ensure their pets are kept under control in public places. As a dog owner, if you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison and/or fined.”
“This tragic case highlights the devastating impact dog attacks can have on victims, their family, friends and the local community. From our work in similar cases we have seen first-hand the need for improvements in the rehoming process. It is vital everything possible is done to ensure families adopting dogs are aware of their new pet’s history and behaviours and that their safety is taken into account before dogs are placed in a home, particularly those with young children, who can be extremely vulnerable to dog attacks.
“We welcome the coroner’s decision to write a report to prevent incidents like this from occurring in the future and hope that this will be taken on board by animal shelters and rehoming centres to prevent further shocking attacks.
“We have long campaigned for the government to do more to improve the support available for victims of dog attacks, as well as implement more measures that will help protect public safety, such as the introduction of micro chipping for dogs and the recent closure of a loophole that means owners of dogs that attack individuals on their own property can be prosecuted.”