I am a brain injury specialist in the Serious Injury team in the Manchester Office. I assist clients and their families who have suffered severe head injuries.
My role is to make sure that my clients have access to the best possible treatment and rehabilitation following their injuries, and to obtain damages to secure their future. I've specialised in complex injury cases for 17 years and have recovered more than £100 million on behalf of my clients.
The litigation process can be daunting and my aim is to make the journey as straightforward as it can be and to ensure that my clients are fully involved.
I've recently helped a 2-year-old boy who suffered a life threatening brain injury when a refuse truck collided with his pushchair. He will require support and therapy over his lifetime, along with adapted accommodation. The settlement included annual payments for care and case management with a settlement value of £6 million.
I also represented a young man who suffered a very serious head injury when he was crossing the road to catch a school bus as a 15-year-old. We settled him into a fully adapted bungalow with the support of his family and professional carers, and secured compensation of £6.7 million with annual payments for care and case management.
"Her expertise and experience in supporting clients affected by head injury sees her leading the field; her passion and commitment to her clients, their families and their cause is to be commended; and her personable nature puts clients at ease during the litigation process." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Enormously experienced and knowledgeable and are both prepared to go that extra mile" - Legal 500, 2018/19
"Regarded by commentators as an excellent brain injury lawyer. She is widely respected in the market for her client care skills. She has recently focused on cases involving catastrophic injuries related to traffic accidents." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"She prepares her cases meticulously and her tenacity in pursuit of her clients' interests is remarkable. However, the greatest feature of her work is the care and support which she offers her clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
Has an "endless capacity to absorb each and every detail of brain injury cases" - Legal 500, 2017
Deirdre is "meticulous" - Legal 500 2016
"Deirdre Healy has 'a great reputation' in the field of brain injuries." - Chambers & Partners 2016
"She is described as 'wonderful to work with' and praised for her skilful client care." - Chambers & Partners 2015
"She is noted for both her expertise and her ability with clients, with one source describing her as 'very sensible,' possessed of 'great communication skills with clients' and a lawyer who 'goes absolutely all-out to maximise recovery'." - Chambers & Partners 2014
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
After forays into the worlds of education and the diplomatic service which allowed me to travel and to find out what really interested me, the personal contact with those in need attracted me to a career in law. Being able to help people find solutions at times of crisis is extremely rewarding. I am driven to get the right result for my clients and I feel that it is a privilege to be in a position to assist them at the darkest of times.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Seeing my clients through an often meandering process and arriving at the right result makes me punch the air. Knowing that whilst I cannot make the clock turn back, I can leave them with a secure future looking forward makes my job worthwhile.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I’m pretty new here but I love the way our clients are right at the heart of our work.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I spend too much time in the cold at the side of a muddy rugby pitch, either with my sons or altogether as a family as my husband works in rugby league. I like nothing more than to get home and bake, having put my slippers on first!
I am a Trustee of the brain injury charity HIP in Cheshire.