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1 Solicitors for people with spinal injury Call us free on:

2 Welcome to Aspire Law The only UK law firm specialising exclusively in spinal cord injury compensation claims. Aspire Law is a unique joint venture between Aspire, the charity supporting people with spinal injury, and Moore Blatch LLP, a law firm with specialist expertise in spinal injury claims.

3 Claiming compensation for spinal injury Make sure you receive the maximum possible compensation - talk to one of our experts. If you have recently sustained a spinal cord injury, it will affect you and your family for the rest of your lives. There will be many things that you used to do automatically, which will now require a new approach. No matter what caused your injury, whether it was the result of a road traffic accident, an accident at work, or perhaps poor medical treatment, you might be able to claim compensation. If your injury was caused by an accident that was not your fault, or was only partially your fault, you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation. To find out if you have a claim, it is important to speak to a law firm that can demonstrate real expertise and experience in this highly complex and specialist area of law. At Aspire Law, we specialise exclusively in spinal cord injury compensation claims and are highly regarded by medical and legal professionals alike. We consistently achieve significant sizeable compensation awards within the shortest possible timeframe, so you can be confident of the best possible legal representation. But it s not all about the compensation award. We also help with the many challenges you and your family will face in the immediate aftermath of the accident, such as emergency funding, rehabilitation, housing and transport issues, as well as advising on longer term considerations. Our aim is to make sure you have the right level of compensation to provide you with a comfortable standard of living and enable you to regain your independence to the greatest possible degree. Damian Horan handles...some of the firm s highest value injury cases. He is very experienced in dealing with clients with catastrophic injuries. Chambers UK

4 What makes Aspire Law unique? At Aspire Law, we re not just different from other law firms, we re unique. Uniquely placed to help and support people with spinal injury. We are the only UK law firm dealing exclusively with spinal injury claims - providing you with the specialist expertise you need. We strive to achieve the maximum compensation as quickly as possible - so you can get on with your life. We will not deduct any fees from the client s compensation - so you keep 100% of your award.* We are a unique joint venture law firm, established by Aspire, a charity which supports people with spinal injury, and Moore Blatch LLP, a law firm with specialist expertise in spinal injury compensation claims. We donate 50% of our profits to Aspire to support people with spinal injury. This way we also help those with spinal injury who have no claim to make for compensation. * We may advise you to take out an insurance policy against your claim and will explain the costs and funding options to you when appropriate. 4

5 No Win No Fee With most of our clients we work on a no win no fee basis. With us, you ll find everything goes smoothly. The majority of law firms fund compensation cases through Conditional Fee Agreements, more commonly known as no win no fee agreements. These are very popular because they represent a no risk way of funding legal cases. The rules surrounding no win no fee changed in 2013, and as a result most law firms now take up to 25% from their client s compensation award to cover their fees, leaving their clients with only 75% of the total amount. You keep 100% of your compensation award. When you choose your solicitor, make sure that they will not deduct any of your compensation award. With Aspire Law, you will keep 100% of your compensation, as all our fees are covered by the third party insurer. As experts in spinal cord injury, we know that living with disability is very expensive, so we will ensure you keep every penny of your compensation award. 5

6 Specialists in spinal injury Our lawyers are experts in spinal injury. They do nothing else. Our lawyers are not just personal injury specialists, they are spinal injury specialists. Whereas most personal injury lawyers deal with a wide range of relatively minor injuries, we focus exclusively on spinal injury compensation claims. Spinal Cord Injury is a highly technical and complex area of law. All our solicitors are experts in the field and have an excellent track record in securing very substantial compensation awards within the shortest possible timescale. Over the years we have developed an extensive network of medical and care professionals who assist us in assessing your requirements regarding care and rehabilitation, housing and housing adaptations, aids and equipment, mobility and transport. 6

7 Meet some of the team Here are just some of our team of specialist spinal injury solicitors. Please see our website for details of the full team Client quote: First class all round Legal 500, 2014: Ciaran punches well above his weight and is one to watch. Damian Horan Legal Director Tel: Ciaran McCabe Solicitor Tel: Client quote: My claim was dealt with in a professional and very satisfactory manner. Thank you! Client quote: I would thoroughly recommend Paula - excellent all round. Vicky Hydon Solicitor Tel: Paula Barnes Solicitor - Community Care Tel:

8 Do you have a claim? You might not be sure whether you have a claim. You might think the accident was your fault, or partly your fault, or was just too long ago to count? Please ask one of our experts. If your injury was caused by an accident that was not your fault, you will be entitled to claim compensation. You can also claim even when you know the accident was partly your fault. This is called contributory negligence. You can still claim compensation, but the amount is reduced to allow for the fact it was partly your negligence. Often people don t claim because they think it s too late, but in most cases you have up to three years after the accident and longer in the case of children and people with a disability. Were you told you don t have a claim? Ask us for a second opinion. If you have been told by a solicitor that you don t have a viable claim, come to us for a second opinion, free of charge. Or if you have already appointed a solicitor, but you are not happy about the service or the way your case is being handled, or the amount of compensation they have secured on your behalf, please call us. You can switch to us at Aspire Law at any stage, completely free of charge. 8

9 Helping you now - and into the future Our priority is to maximise your compensation award in the shortest possible time. We can also help with the immediate issues you will face in the days and weeks after your accident, as well as assisting with any future legal requirements you may have. Immediate assistance: Dealing with immediate and urgent financial issues Speaking to your mortgage provider Dealing with your employer Checking your existing insurance policies Arranging for a power of attorney, if necessary Advice on funding your case Short term assistance: Interim payments Equipment & aids Rehabilitation Education Housing/housing adaptions Care & support Transport & mobility Long term assistance: Investment of compensation award Periodic payments Disability discrimination Holiday support Other legal services We were greatly impressed by Damian Horan s professional expertise and his comprehensive grasp of the overall legal situation. Not only did he win the case for us handsomely, but he also took considerable care to keep us fully informed. At every stage Damian explained matters sympathetically; we could not have been better served. 9

10 An exceptional and very personal service With Aspire Law, you ll have a dedicated, specialist spinal injury solicitor at your bedside, in hospital or at home, within 48 hours of your call. From then on, your own personal Aspire Law solicitor will look after you, your claim and any other issues you face. Here are just some of the ways we help: Housing Care & support Equipment & aids Your home will need adaptions before you come out of hospital, in order for you to continue living there independently. Applying for a local authority grant can be complicated. Along with our partners, the charity Aspire, we can help with this and the many other issues that may arise. Our aim is to ensure you receive all the ongoing care and support you need, funded either through your compensation claim, or through your local authority. Either way, we will ensure you receive the best possible care package. You ll need a range of specialist aids and equipment in order to live independently. We make sure that your compensation claim takes account of all your needs, from specially designed wheelchairs and specialist beds to assistive technology for online and computer access. 10

11 What people say We know we are good at what we do, but please don t just take our word for it. Here are some of the comments our clients have made about individual members of our team: From a client, to Damian Horan Thank you so much for all that you and James have done for me. From the beginning you took great care to take the stress out of what would otherwise have been an unbelievably traumatic time for us. From a client, to Ciaran McCabe Ciaran, thank you so much for finalising my claim and the energy and determination you showed in negotiating such an excellent settlement. You have been brilliant throughout, obtaining private rehabilitation for me and then substantial interim payments. I won t hesitate to recommend you to others, as you are an outstanding solicitor. From a client, about Vicky Hydon Without Vicky s experience and technical ability I would not have been able to pursue a claim. I cannot thank her enough for winning my case in such a convincing manner and for inspiring me to keep on fighting. From a client, about Paula Barnes Paula was brilliant. I cannot believe that anyone could have done a more professional job. From a client, to James Glasper Thank you for the expeditious way in which my case was handled. Everything went perfectly. From a client, to Amy Cameron I am more than happy with how you have looked after my case and I am very grateful for everything. I would certainly recommend you. From a client, about Leena Hurloll Fantastic, kind and very, very professional. We cannot fault Leena in any way at all. From a client, to Caroline Buckingham Thank you so much for the care you have taken on my behalf. You handled my case most professionally and I am very pleased with the outcome. 11

12 Solicitors for people with spinal injury Call us free on: Aspire Law is the trading name of Aspire Law LLP, which is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales, registration number OC The registered office is London Court, 64, London Road, Southampton, SO15 2AH. A list of the members is open to inspection at our registered office. Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 07/14

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