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1 Brain injury lawyers Field Fisher Waterhouse provides a first-class service to clients. The Legal 500 Freephone

2 Specialist brain injury solicitors Our brain injury team at Field Fisher Waterhouse deals with complex and catastrophic injury claims. As specialist brain injury lawyers we are renowned for our experience in dealing with these types of claims and are fully aware of the specific, individual needs of each client. Led by Jill Greenfield, the team is committed to ensuring that your claim is dealt with as efficiently as possible. We will do all we can to obtain the maximum compensation possible for all your housing, care and education needs. If you would like further information or to discuss a potential brain injury claim please do not hesitate to give Jill or one of our team a call. Jill Greenfield Head of Brain Injury Team Field Fisher Waterhouse The claims arise generally from: Road traffic accidents Work accidents Occupier s liability claims We aim to: Work closely with you and your family Focus on your specific needs Guarantee your financial security Allow you to concentrate on recovering your life Get a rehabilitation regime in place that works for you and your family The incredibly empathetic and knowledgable Jill Greenfield leads on brain and spinal injury cases. The Legal 500 Contents 2 5 Introduction The claims process 3 6 Case study Case study 4 7 The claims process Meet the team

3 Freephone Litigation ensures the provision of vital care and support 3 Mrs Patel suffered a severe brain injury after she was involved in a serious road traffic accident. Mr Patel approached Field Fisher Waterhouse, to pursue a claim on behalf of his wife. The FFW team successfully secured a seven figure global settlement. The extent of the Claimant s head injury meant that care and support at home was required. A specialist care worker who could speak Gujarati was found and the Claimant moved into rented accommodation which was substantially larger than their previous accommodation. The Defendants continued to deny that the Claimant required these levels of care and refused to agree to regular payments. The team compiled additional expert evidence and, at a round table meeting, were able to agree a seven figure global award. The majority of the compensation being for future care and support. Everything went as well as I could have imagined. I did not have to worry about any aspects of the claim. FFW looked after all the needs of my wife from start to finish. They instructed the best care managers and physiotherapists and ensured that my wife will have the best care available to her. I cannot recommend their services highly enough. Mr Patel Caring for our clients Commitment to our cases Cutting edge expertise

4 The claims process There are a number of key elements when pursuing a brain injury claim If your brain injury was caused as a result of someone else s actions, you may be entitled to pursue a civil claim for damages. This claim may provide you with a lump sum or periodical payments, for example, for rehabilitation, the cost of care and to replace lost earnings. Negligence To pursue a successful claim, we need to establish that there has been a breach of the duty of care owed to you. We must be able to prove that the Defendant was negligent in their actions. 1 Breach of duty The facts of each case must be examined carefully. We have expert knowledge and experience in investigating all types of accidents to ascertain whether the other side was at fault. Establishing breach of duty of care is often the most difficult aspect of the claim. 2 Causation We must prove that your brain injury was caused by, or materially contributed to, by the accident. Once we have established breach of duty of care and causation, we will be able to quantify your claim. That is to establish how much damages you should receive. 3

5 Freephone Are there time limits? 5 You have three years from the date of an accident to formally instigate proceedings. However special rules apply to children and patients being treated under the Mental Health Act The court has power to override the three year limitation period in rare circumstances. 4 Funding We know legal costs can be a real concern when you are considering bringing a claim. There are several options available to you and once we have more information about your circumstances, we will advise you as to the best method of funding available to you. 5 Criminal injuries If you have suffered an assault, your claim may be referred to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a Government organisation set up to compensate the victims of crime. The claim must be lodged with the CICA no later than two years after the incident. 6 Complex claims Most brain injury claims are very complex and will take a number of years to complete. If you need treatment, care or rehabilitation in the short term, we will make sure that you receive an interim payment to access any specialist services that you need. 7 Caring for our clients Commitment to our cases Cutting edge expertise

6 5.5 million for injured boy FFW were instructed by the adoptive mother of a young boy seriously injured at just eight weeks old. 18 years later, the Claimant s adoptive mother was advised to seek legal advice. We considered this a strong case and we were able to: Final Result: - Obtain an immediate interim payment of 50,000 - Rent more suitable accommodation for them to live in - Employ a case manager - Employ carers - Obtain a full medical evaluation as to his future needs - Settle the claim at a CICA hearing for over 5.5 million We recovered 5.5 million. This is not a windfall but rather is there to pay for much needed 24 hour carer support and suitable accommodation throughout the child s life. FFW not only helped us to get a significant payment, but they also supported us throughout the process and helped us find skilled brain injury professionals who have been able to make a difference to my son s life. Client s mother

7 Freephone Our brain injury team specialises in complex catastrophic claims 7 Jill Greenfield Partner Jill has nearly 20 years experience acting for claimants and is head of our brain injury team. Jill is recognised by the brain injury charity Headway as a specialist in dealing with brain injury claims. She deals with claims on behalf of those most seriously injured in road traffic accidents, work accidents and occupier s liability accidents. Paul McNeil Partner Paul heads the personal injury and medical negligence department and has specialised in serious injury claims for over 25 years. He specialises in road traffic accidents involving catastrophic injuries and is a keen cyclist. He is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. incredibly empathetic and knowledgable, Jill leads on spinal and brain injury claims The Legal 500, 2012 exceptionally talented, his team provides a first class service The Legal 500, 2012 Mark Bowman Partner Mark pursues cases on behalf of the victims of serious injury, including brain injury. Mark is a senior litigator at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Mark is a keen cyclist and regularly competes in triathlons. He has a particular interest in cases involving cyclists and his cycling practice was featured in the Times Law Supplement. Richard Earle Senior Associate Richard specialises in brain injury claims, is a member of the Law Society s Personal Injury Panel and is a senior litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). professional, with an excellent skill set master of detail and popular with top end stuff The Legal 500, 2012 Jennifer Bradley Solicitor Jenny qualified into our personal injury department having trained at the firm. She has a varied caseload and assists Jill Greenfield with complex and high value cases including road traffic accidents and accidents at work. Jenny is also a keen cyclist on both the road and track and as such, has a keen interest in cycling claims. The Legal For more information visit our website at... Caring for our clients Commitment to our cases Cutting edge expertise

8 Freephone Vine Street, London, EC3N 2PX Recommended by charities and other organisations. We are recommended to victims of traffic accidents by special interest groups, charities and other organisations, including: Headway The Spinal Injuries Association RoadPeace The Motorcycle Action Group Caring for our clients Commitment to our cases Cutting edge expertise

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