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David Withers



I am an Associate in the Serious Injury team in Sheffield. I work on cases involving head, spinal cord, multiple orthopaedic and/or psychiatric injuries.

I have the same rights of audience as a Barrister in Court, which means I am able to represent my clients at interlocutory Court hearings, such as case management conferences and pre-trial reviews. 

I am passionate about charity and community work, and over the last few years have been involved in a variety of fundraising activities for several charities. In 2012, I slept outside Sheffield Cathedral to raise money and awareness of homelessness.

I am also a Trustee at Headway Derby, a charity helping people cope with the effects of brain injuries. In my role I try to maximise the quality of service so that individuals and their families have the right support, guidance and skills in place to move forwards after a traumatic injury.

Notable Cases

  • Our client suffered a non-accidental injury at a very young age. We made an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and secured an award of £3.3 million. 
  • Our client, a young adult with autism, suffered a severe psychiatric reaction after a road traffic collision. We secured an £80,000 settlement.
  • Heavily involved in two cases where the individuals had suffered from sustained physical, emotional and sexual abuse, in an application to CICA. We ended up securing the maximum award under the scheme of £500,000.
  • Our client was left paraplegic after a spinal cord injury. He then developed a syrinx. The case settled at a negotiation meeting for £3.2m. The settlement also allowed him to return to Court in the event his condition deteriorated further. 
  • I helped secure compensation and a bespoke rehabilitation package for a client with serious traumatic brain injury. The case settled for £5.5m. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I thoroughly enjoy being part of a process which helps individuals who are at their most vulnerable overcome their injuries and maximise their quality of life after suffering from serious injuries.

What Do You Do Outside The Office?

In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, reading, relaxing with friends and family, watching sport and socialising.

Client Testimonials

"My life has completely changed now and I couldn’t be happier. A big thank you for all your hard work with the case and a thank you to everyone at Irwin Mitchell for all the support I’ve had." - Anonymous

"All members of the team working for me on my case worked with the utmost professional approach to all situations throughout, they not only supported me but also my family. The team were extremely hard working, trustworthy and very friendly.  I view them as friends."  

"We have worked alongside David on several cases. Throughout a case David and his team work exceptionally well as part of the rehabilitation multi-disciplinary team. He strives to maintain client centred rehabilitation as core whilst running the legal case concurrently. ​He ensures a high level of communication with the MDT which leads to the smooth delivery of the rehabilitation package. This allows the optimum outcome for the client." -  Anna Wilkinson, Managing Director at More Rehab Ltd.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 06/06/2017
    Expert Serious Injury Lawyers Welcome IAM RoadSmart 12-Point Road Safety Manifesto

    “While it’s true that the UK has one of the best road safety records in Europe, we’re still seeing so many needless deaths and life-changing injuries either through dangerous or careless driving, drink or drug driving or simply driver inexperience. “The nature of our work means we have seen the devastating and life-changing consequences a road collision can have on those involved, particularly vulnerable road users like children and cyclists. Accidents can result in long-term physical and psychological trauma, which can have a dramatic impact on the rest of victims’ lives and often require extensive physical and psychological rehabilitation. “Anything that can prevent such trauma and loss in a grass-roots way, such as IAM RoadSmart’s new driver proposal, has got to be positive. Change, of course, begins with road users taking responsibility for their actions, understanding the inherent risks of driving and ensuring that their safety and that of others is always the top priority. “Any number of road-related deaths is too many but the figure released by IAM RoadSmart only serves to demonstrate that important work still needs to be done to tackle this issue.”

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  • 08/05/2017
    Action for Brain Injury Week - A Reminder Of Importance Of Rehabilitation

    “Through our work, we have seen numerous instances when people’s lives have been turned upside down as a result of a traumatic brain injury, whether it is survivors themselves, family members or friends. “It can be an incredibly difficult period of anyone’s life, but we also know how rehabilitation and support can help survivors get the best from life. “We are a proud supporter of the work of Headway and we absolutely welcome the focus of this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week. It is a vital reminder of how so many survivors are able to overcome incredible obstacles to regain much-needed independence.”

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  • 13/04/2017
    Young Man Left With Life-Changing Injuries After Being Hit By A Bus Speaks Of Relief As Driver Pleads Guilty

    “This is an incredibly sad case in which the careless actions of a driver left a young man with serious, life-changing injuries and tragically took the life of a young girl. “Today’s sentence highlights the need for other drivers to take note and be more responsible when on the road. Nothing is more important than your own safety and the safety of others on the roads. “I would like to take this opportunity to urge First Group to remove any financial incentives that they may have to encourage their drivers not to brake too harshly. “Jake is happy that he can now try to put this terrible ordeal behind him and focus on his rehabilitation and recovery. “We are working with Jake to help him overcome his injuries in the best way he can and will seek further funds that he will require for his ongoing therapy and to support his recovery.”

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  • 01/08/2016
    Formula 1 Technician Forced To Give Up Career After Being Hit By Car Can Finally Move On After Driver’s Insurers Admit Liability

    “This horrific accident left both Joe and Kirsty with significant injuries. Joe has been unable to return to his career. Mr Damiani was driving in a dangerous manner which caused the accident and it was only right his insurers accepted full liability so we could begin to secure a settlement which will fund Joe’s ongoing rehabilitation and any support he may need as he moves forward with his life. “The admission of liability means Joe can now place his full focus on his rehabilitation rather than worry about the financial implications of being severely injured and out of work.”

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