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I joined the firm’s Workplace Illness team as a Paralegal in 2014. I dealt with claims for noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus, carpal tunnel syndrome, vibration white finger, dermatitis, asthma, repetitive strain injury and other diseases which had been caused as a result of working practices.
In 2018, I started a training contract with Irwin Mitchell. Between 2018 and 2020, I'll have the opportunity to work in various departments across the firm’s Personal Legal Services and Private Wealth divisions before qualifying as a Solicitor.
Growing up, I always wanted to be part of CSI in the police. However, I didn't fancy working on the beat so I chose to study law instead. Through my studies and work experience, I was introduced to a range of legal services and soon realised that there's much more to law than what we see in TV dramas!
I enjoy assisting clients with legal problems that are too complex to manage on their own and helping them to obtain the compensation that they rightly deserve.
No day is the same at Irwin Mitchell. I enjoy working on a varied case load and attending regular training to keep up to date with developments in the law. I am fortunate to work with friendly and approachable colleagues who are always willing to share their knowledge and experience so that we can achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
Outside of work I can usually be found in the dance studio, the gym or spending time with family and friends.
I was heavily involved in a claim where our client was left permanently scarred as a result of a rare illness called fish tank granuloma, described by medical experts as 'a type of TB for fish'.
I was also responsible for a 4-figure noise-induced hearing loss settlement for a former BT linesman.
"Excellent service form the start, kept up to date at all times and Rebecca Wood is a credit to the business, informative at all times and very receptive to individual needs." - Rob, client (5* Trustpilot review)
"Special mention to Rebecca Wood my case handler who I found to always be available to talk to and who handled every query I had politely and explained all parts of the process very clearly and it was a pleasure to have her handling my claim." - Peter Bull (5* Trustpilot review)
“This is a shocking case in which a man has developed long-term hearing problems after an employer failed to properly protect him during his time working there.
“Sadly, through our experience, these kinds of issues are not uncommon as we have helped numerous people who have worked in noisy environments such as industrial settings to gain justice regarding similar issues.
“The importance of hearing protection should not be underestimated and it is vital that all current employers recognise their clear responsibilities when it comes to the health and safety of workers. Issues like this should simply never happen again.”
“Sadly a case of this nature is not uncommon, with many former BT employees going on to develop hearing problems as a result of the oscillator and amplifier equipment they often worked with during their day-to-day lives.
“All employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workers are protected from potential risks to their health and safety, so it is vital that businesses going forward recognise the need to always provide adequate protection to keep employees safe.
“Tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life and we hope that this settlement will ensure that our client is able to access the support and specialist aids he will now need to get the best from life.”
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