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I am a solicitor specialising in adult brain injury and spinal cord injury. I also have experience of working with amputee clients.
I work within the Serious Injury team in Sheffield and manage a caseload of high value, complex serious injury claims.
I am experienced in securing substantial interim payments in order to implement multi-disciplinary rehabilitation packages, to adapt accommodation, to purchase specialist equipment and to provide professional care support for my clients.
I applied to study law at university after my dad suggested it would be a good path for me to take. I followed his advice and have never looked back!
The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing clients make real progress and achieve their goals through specialist rehabilitation and support. It is incredibly important for rehabilitation to be secured as soon as possible and seeing the benefits it has for my clients is very inspiring. I remember receiving a handwritten card from a client who was unable to write at all for a very long period because of her spinal cord injury, and seeing how far she had come through her rehabilitation - and her own determination and hard work - was hugely rewarding.
I enjoy working with a network of passionate, experienced and motivated people, both in terms of my immediate colleagues in the serious injury team in Sheffield and the wider firm. We are able to benefit from the expertise contained within our public law, Court of Protection and family departments, amongst others. This allows us to properly and thoroughly support our client in all aspects of their claim - and indeed their life.
I enjoy travelling to far flung places including Bali, Hong Kong, Australia, New York and California. I am also a keen horse rider, avid reader and regular attendee of spin classes.
The past three years have been incredibly challenging for Jade who had to come to terms with the terribly debilitating injuries she sustained in the crash.
“She often feels frustrated about the impact the crash has had on her life but the way she has tackled her recovery and rehabilitation has been really inspiring. It’s a credit to her strength and determination that she has fought back from such a terrible brain injury.
“Jade made incredible progress, including working on her independent living skills such as cooking, organising and budgeting. She returned to work part time, and has managed to sustain this as well as beginning to socialise with friends. She is lucky to have a very supportive family and we will also continue to assist Jade where we can in the future.
“At Irwin Mitchell, we organised a multi-disciplinary approach to her rehabilitation so that jade could get the benefit of specialist brain injury case management, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and neuro-physiotherapy.
“We know from working with clients like Jade and their families whose lives have been affected by brain injury how important it is to have access to the best possible advice, care, rehabilitation and specialist support to help them overcome their injuries.”
The family was naturally distraught when they heard about Ann’s death and wanted answers as to what happened. The stair lift was installed in her home by the council to help her to get around; but throughout the inquest it has become apparent that there were issues with the device and also the servicing of the stair lift which have contributed to her death.
“There have been eight reported incidents to Meditek, but there may be more that haven’t been reported directly to the manufacturer as there were over 16,500 of the devices made and by their nature they are used by vulnerable people for whom a serious injury could be devastating.
“It is vital that any action which can make them safer is carried out ASAP and we are pleased that the coroner is to use the powers at his discretion to write a report on what could be done.
“We hope that lessons will be learnt from this tragic case to ensure that this situation simply cannot happen again. The family want to know that Ann’s death has not been in vain and that others will not suffer in the same way in future.”
Had the Police taken note of the fact that Mr Hutton had suffered a head injury and consequently recognised the symptoms he showed through the night, he would have received medical attention much sooner.
“Although Mr Hutton was assessed by a paramedic at the scene of the assault, the station’s custody sergeant failed to take on board advice that he had suffered a head injury and did not seek further medical help when Mr Hutton’s condition deteriorated..
“It was only 10 hours later, when he was struggling to breathe and had blood around his mouth that officers acted, rushing him to Rotherham District General hospital.”