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I am a senior solicitor in the Serious Injury team in Sheffield, dealing almost solely with individuals who have suffered brain injury (or fatal injuries) usually as a result of road traffic collisions. My particular expertise is working with young people, as they progress through adolescence and into early adulthood.
It is such a long time ago that I pursued law as a career, that I can barely remember what inspired me, but I have always had a strong sense of justice and I think this initially inspired me to pursue a legal career.
I particularly enjoy the practical aspects of my job, utilising my problem solving skills and helping clients and their families to come to terms with what has happened to them. Enabling clients to achieve success and fulfilment in other ways is a very rewarding aspect of my job.
I enjoy the fact that I can specialise in working with people with brain injury. I don’t have to be a “jack of all trades and master of none”. I also value the support networks which are in place.
My client Danielle won Lex’s Legacy Pride of the Isle 2016 ‘Most Inspirational’ award after suffering a life-threatening brain injury at 18.
"Thank you again for all the work you did for us and which allowed X to have the happy life she now has." - Client's stepfather
“Brain injury can have such varying effects on an individual depending on the location and extent of injury.
"It is not uncommon for people to undergo personality change and to behave in ways which they wouldn’t have done before their injury. When they also have physical problems, it is perhaps not surprising that an altercation took place in the pub when Danielle was mistaken for being drunk.
"It’s very hard for the individuals and their families to come to terms with the effects of brain injury and adjustment to the “new person” is key. Sharing experiences and raising awareness is really helpful and Headway promotes this.
“Headway suggests that brain injury survivors carry a Brain Injury Survivors ID card to raise awareness of brain injury but unfortunately in Danielle’s case this wasn’t able to help and raising awareness is the best way to counter these issues.
“While her experience at the pub almost 18 months ago was a negative one, Danielle is making positive progress in her rehabilitation and it’s great that she is willing to have her mum talk about what happened to help raise awareness of a much-misunderstood issue like brain injury.
“It was a huge step for Danielle to go to a busy bar and order drinks. It was a turning point in her recovery at the time but instead of being the milestone she hoped, it ended up reinforcing how difficult something so many of us take for granted can be for a brain injury survivor.
“This year’s Action For Brain Injury Week 'a new me' theme is providing a great platform for people like Danielle and their families to share their stories, dispel some myths and raise awareness of brain injury and what life after such a trauma is like.”
“Shannon and her family have been a credit to one another and are an absolute inspiration. Her mother Diana was always of the view that Shannon would have the same opportunities as she would have had if she had not been injured.
“They have taken her on family camping holidays; she attended her school prom and took part in a sponsored walk in Derbyshire to help raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Shannon loved all the humps and bumps as she was pushed around in her wheelchair!
“We are very proud to have helped them gain the support they required following the crash and feel that they perfectly reflect the themes of this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week.”
“It was a fabulous day. What a privilege to raise funds for Support Dogs in such amazing surroundings. Thanks to all who took part - we really appreciate everyone's support.”
“Having a brain injury can result in victims not being able to complete simple everyday tasks that others take for granted. It is important for their recovery that they are encouraged to relearn skills and to live as independently as possible. What has happened will be a blow to Danielle’s confidence but hopefully she will now bounce back, staff at the pub will learn from this and others will take note to prevent similar situations occurring in future.
“Danielle has already amazed doctors and therapists with her recovery so far and has a great support network around, especially her family. We will continue to support her with her rehabilitation and encourage her to get her life back on track.”
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