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Personal Injury

Personal Injury

However careful we are, accidents happen – frequently the unfortunate result of someone else’s mistake or lack of care. At Barr Ellison Solicitors we represent victims of all types of accident, but our primary focus is on those victims who unfortunately sustain a serious injury. Being involved in a serious accident causes devastating changes to people's lives. This situation is very likely to continue for many years imposing major stress on the injured person and their family members.

Nothing can fully compensate for the devastating effect of a serious personal injury. But where someone else is to blame, a financial settlement can give all-important recognition of responsibility – and provide the practical means for you to rebuild your life.

Even when the law is on your side, getting that compensation cheque can be a long, drawn out affair, but our experienced Personal Injury Team will support you every step of the way. We have an office at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, one of the country’s leading NHS trusts, putting us in direct contact with the people who need us most.

Free Initial Consultation
Come and talk to us. It's worth meeting us. You'll find us sympathetic, keen to help and with a wealth of experience. The initial consultation is free and you will be advised on the merits of your claim, the likely compensation you may receive and methods of funding litigation. Our priority is to ensure that you have a clear understanding of your claim, the procedure that we will adopt to pursue your claim and the potential level of compensation (as well as the challenges involved in achieving it).

No Win No Fee
A ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement is referred to by lawyers as Conditional Fee Agreements. This involves you entering into an agreement with us. We will specify that we will not charge you our fee if we do not succeed in your claim. If you lose your claim, the standard default position in law is that you are liable to pay the defendants’ costs. We protect against this by taking out an insurance policy that will cover these costs.

Second Opinion
We regularly provide second opinions to clients who have lost confidence in the way that their current solicitor is dealing with their case. If you are concerned about the way that your case is being handled, please telephone Emma Truin on 01223 417241 for a confidential, no-obligation talk.

Contact Us
For more information and advice, call 01223 417200 (Parkside office) or 01223 411315 (Addenbrooke’s office) and ask for a member of the Personal Injury team.

Alternatively, why not pop into our office at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Concourse – we are opposite Barclays.

Call 01223 417200 and ask for the Personal Injury Team

Members of:
• The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
• The Law Society's specialist Personal Injury Panel
• Headway Personal Injury Solicitors List
• Approved Member of Child Brain Injury Trust Directory of Legal Services
• Approved Lawyer's List for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum
• Trust-Ed.

Head & Brain Injuries

Head injuries are like no other. They have a shattering impact on the victims and often lead to long-term complications, not only for those involved but their families.

Barr Ellison offers a wealth of experience in representing clients with head injuries. We understand and implement the all important rehabilitation before assessing the compensation elements and how best to preserve your compensation for the long term.

Our priority in the early stage of any claim is to focus on the rehabilitation and good supportive case management for those in need. We will build up a team for you to provide support workers, therapists, accommodation advisers and other experts depending on your needs. We also are aware of the need for ongoing support as there can be long-term problems which are not of a medical nature but are concerned with the adjustment of individuals and families to the realities of life after a head injury. Your financial stability is also important and we obtain interim payments during the progression of the claim.

The Team
Our team has experience in multi-million pound actions for head injury victims. We handle claims arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work or even through criminal injuries. These are very complex cases and it is important to have the necessary experience and expertise in dealing with such cases from start to finish. Members of our team are recognised lawyers in this field and we are also on the Headway and Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) list of recommended solicitors.

Free Initial Meeting
At the initial consultation which is free of charge, we will give you unambiguous advice as to the nature of your claim, the action that we will take in order to pursue your claim and the value of your claim. We are honest in our approach and endeavour to ensure that the client has a clear understanding. We consult with the client at every step of the case to ensure full awareness of what is happening.

Court of Protection Deputyships
Some injuries will result in a loss of mental capacity to manage ones own affairs. We have experienced deputies that can protect your position both during and after the resolution of your claim. We can assist with the application for Deputyship to the Court of Protection and provide all necessary support during this difficult period. Our Court of Protection Deputyships page demonstrates our expertise in this area and how we can help you.

Funding
We are able to provide you with clear and concise options when deciding upon how to fund your claim for compensation. It is important that the wrongdoer is principally responsible for your legal costs and we advise on how best to achieve that We will advise you whether you have a suitable legal expense policy in place or alternatively we are able to offer ‘no win, no fee’ arrangements.

Contact Us
For more information and advice, call 01223 417200 (Parkside office) or 01223 411315 (Addenbrooke’s office) and ask for a member of the Head injury team.

Alternatively, why not pop into our office at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Concourse – we are opposite Barclays.

Call 01223 417200 and ask for the Personal Injury Team

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries may cause some degree of paralysis which can be devastating to the injured party and the whole family and often have lifelong implications.

Barr Ellison offers a wealth of experience in representing clients with spinal cord injuries. We understand and implement a bespoke care package and help with securing interim payments for financial support before assessing the compensation elements.

Our priority in the early stage of any claim is to focus on maximising rehabilitation and put into place highly professional and supportive case management for those in need both during and after the claim for compensation is resolved. We will build up a team for you to provide support workers, therapists, accommodation advisers and other experts depending on your needs. Your financial stability is also important and we obtain interim payments during the progression of the claim.

The Team
Our team has experienced in multi-million pound actions for client’s with spinal cord injuries. We handle claims arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work or even through criminal injuries. These are very complex cases and it is important to have the necessary experience and expertise in dealing with such cases from start to finish.

Free Initial Meeting
At the initial meeting which is free of charge, we will give you unambiguous advice as to the nature of your claim, the action that we will take in order to pursue your claim and the value of your claim. We are honest in our approach and endeavour to ensure that the client has a clear understanding. We consult with the client at every step of the case to ensure full awareness of what is happening. The meeting can take place at your home if appropriate.

Court of Protection Deputyships
On occasions both spinal and head injuries come hand in hand. Head injuries can result in a loss of mental capacity to manage ones own affairs. We have experienced deputies that can protect your position both during and after the resolution of your claim. We can assist with the application for Deputyship to the Court of Protection and provide all necessary support during this difficult period. Our Court of Protection Deputyships page demonstrates our expertise in this area and how we can help you.

Funding
We are able to provide you with clear and concise options when deciding upon how to fund your claim for compensation. It is important that the wrongdoer is principally responsible for your legal costs and we advise on how best to achieve that We will advise you whether you have a suitable legal expense policy in place or alternatively we are able to offer ‘no win, no fee’ arrangements.

Contact Us
For more information and advice, call 01223 417200 (Parkside office) or 01223 411315 (Addenbrooke’s office) and ask for a member of the Spinal injury team.

Alternatively, why not pop into our office at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Concourse – we are opposite Barclays.

Call 01223 417200 and ask for the Personal Injury Team

Barr Ellison Solicitors are members of the Spinal Injuries Association.

Court of Protection Deputyship Order

When a person loses the mental capacity to administer their own property and financial affairs, this can leave them in a difficult situation as family and friends cannot help them with the simplest of tasks such as paying their utility bills, accessing money for food and clothing, and ensuring that the person is receiving their private pensions. This can become very stressful for the person who lacks capacity as well as those who care about them.

In order to allow access to the person’s financial affairs, where there is no Power of Attorney in place, it is often the case that family or friends will have to approach the Court of Protection for a Court Order (Deputyship Order) which will give them authority to deal with financial matters. The applicant can be any person over the age of 18 and in many cases a spouse, partner or close relative will be the Deputy. It is usually recommended that at least 2 people be appointed as Deputies to act jointly and severally.

Barr Ellison provides the following services:

- Advice and support on what Court of Protection application(s) are required and are in the best interests of the person
- Full application service in requesting the Court of Protection Orders
- Help and guidance on what it involved in being a Court of Protection Deputy
- Professional Appointment of Deputy; if there is no one able to take on the role of Deputy then Barr Ellison have the expertise to be appointed as a professional Deputy and manage the same.

Contact Us
For more information and advice, call 01223 417200 (Parkside office) or 01223 411315 (Addenbrooke’s office) and ask for a member of the Court of Protection team.

Call 01223 417200 and ask for a member of the Court of Protection team

Mr A: Head Injury & Paralysis Below Waist
A middle-aged man (Mr A) who suffered a head injury and was left paralysed from the waist down due to incomplete paraplegia following a collision, received £3.5m in an out-of-court settlement.

Daryl Robinson's client had been a front-seat passenger in a car being driven by his friend when the incident occurred in 2014. Although not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, Daryl and the team were able to secure primary liability against the driver. As a result of the tragic incident, Mr A needs lifelong round-the-clock specialist care.

After careful selection of medical and non-medical legal experts, including accommodation and care experts, we obtained interim funding from the Defendant insurers for loss of earnings, care and medical treatment including a rehabilitation programme at the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital. In time, we also secured an interim payment to purchase a bungalow via our property team. Under the guidance of a project manager, a sizable extension and adaptations to the property were approved by the local authority planning department.

Mr A continues to suffer ongoing neuropathic pain as well as multiple complications connected to his spinal cord injuries. Having previously enjoyed a career in Engineering, Mr A is now totally dependent on others for all aspects of his daily living. Under the guidance of a case manager, he now has a team of dedicated and highly trained day and night carers specialising in the care of spinal injury patients alongside the services of a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.

Barr Ellison engaged in a corroborative approach with the insurers in order to secure early access to the right level of care and accommodation for Mr A, as well as obtaining a settlement to safeguard his long-term future. Our Trusts & Estates Team also set up a Personal Injury Trust to safeguard his DWF benefits.

Miss B: Serious Brain Injury & Incomplete Paraplegia
A young single parent left with a serious brain injury and incomplete paraplegia from the chest down when she was a passenger in a car that lost control and rolled over several times, has settled her claim for more than £6.4 million plus provisional damages.

Miss B was a front seat passenger and whilst there were initial suggestions that she was not wearing a seatbelt, expert evidence quashed this and Miss B received 100% compensation.

This was a truly horrific incident, in which Miss B tragically sustained a catastrophic spinal injury that will require life-long 24 hour care. Daryl secured an early interim payment in order to get specialised care in place as soon as possible, as well as providing financial support for other members of her family providing care. Additionally, a Personal Injury Trust was set up by the Trusts & Estates Team to safeguard Miss B's DWF benefits.

Because Miss B's original home was completely unsuitable, following discharge from hospital, Daryl and the team rented a bungalow on a two-year contract. This permitted Miss B to live to the best of her ability with home therapies and sufficient accommodation for her family and carers. This was paid for by means of a significant interim payment from the insurers. Daryl also secured funding for a case manager and a number of therapists to provide physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support. Daryl and the team also introduced medical experts in the fields of neurology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, orthopaedic, endocrinology, a chest physician plus a world-renowned spinal surgeon. It was also necessary to obtain the services of a care expert and an accommodation expert so that the final settlement would cover Miss B's long-term care, housing and financial needs.

The settlement was agreed in the form of a lump sum of £6.4 million less the interim payments of over £300,000 already received. Daryl also secured a Provisional Damages Court Order that will allow her to claim further compensation in the event of a serious deterioration for conditions such as epilepsy due to the head injury or syringomyelia of the spinal cord.

“It is clear that no amount of compensation can make up for what Miss B and her family have been through in recent years,” said Daryl. “However it does ensure that Miss B will receive the best quality of care in the future, and can concentrate on playing a leading role in bringing up her children and learning to live with her disability without fears over her financial security and continue to play a leading role in bringing up her children.”

The firm's Trusts & Estates Team also assisted Miss B in producing a suitable Will. The Family Law Team addressed Miss B's child custody application.