Catastrophic injury

 

Our catastrophic injury specialists are instructed by leading global, UK and specialist insurers, corporations, health and public sector bodies to defend the greatest range and volume of catastrophic injury claims in the UK and Ireland today.

We develop bespoke claims handling strategies to protect our clients’ position and drive a fair and timely resolution at an appropriate level of damages. Whether instructed from day one or at a later stage, our collaborative, no-nonsense approach relies heavily on fostering constructive dialogue with the claimant’s representatives. We also understand the importance in striking the right balance and blend of technology and people when it comes to supporting our clients.

Subject Matter Groups

We were proud to be the first in the market to implement Subject Matter Groups on areas of importance to our clients and their claims portfolios. Their work today, in this new world of rapid change is more relevant than ever. The team’s experience of each subject influences and supports the way we work both internally within the team of over 100 specialist lawyers, and externally with our clients.  Collaboration at all levels has never been more important.

ACTUARIAL: We seek to adopt the principles of actuarial science whilst combining this with legal knowledge and practical application. The group provides a focus for analysing statistical data/trends relevant to catastrophic injury claims, including quantum calculation, discount rate, life expectancy and Periodical Payment Orders.

AMPUTATION: The group focuses on an area of claims that is constantly evolving and is subject to significant claims inflation with costs of new technology rising year on year.  Our specialists analyse every aspect of a case so that technological advancements translate to increased independence both at home, in work and in the community.

BRAIN INJURY: Our specialist lawyers are experienced in handling brain injury claims in order to develop and promote best practice. This includes exploring future developments and trends both in the treatment of brain injury patients and the management and handling of their  claims.

CARE, STATUTORY FUNDING AND REHABILITATION: We focus on a joined up approach to rehabilitation, alleviating the impact of injury as far as possible, through to the assessment of care needs and the extent to which statutory bodies’ service provision and funding should be integrated into both short and long term support packages.

CHRONIC PAIN: Matters are identified and dealt with by a specialist lawyer either from inception or where pain manifests at a later stage. This includes a working knowledge of the various pain conditions which include (but are not limited to) fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, conversion disorder and somatoform disorder.

CAPACITY AND COURT OF PROTECTION: Our specialists analyse and interpret decisions made by the court of protection relevant to catastrophic injury claims. The team provides focussed guidance for the management of catastrophic injury claims involving the appointment of a deputy.

EXPERTS: In all catastrophic injury cases experts of varied discipline are critical to the proper assessment of liability and damages. This group ensures that all catastrophic injury lawyers have a route to the best experts.

SPINAL INJURY: Accidents involving injury to the spinal cord, at all levels, account for some of the largest and most complex catastrophic injury claims that we see. We bring together the experience of lawyers across the wider practice group which enables our lawyers to analyse the implications of key data, sources, evidence and trends that will have an impact across spinal injury cases.

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Who to contact


Andrew Hibbert

Andrew Hibbert

Partner, Head of BLM’s Catastrophic Injury Practice Group,
Southampton



Val Jones

Val Jones

Partner,
Manchester



Nessa O'Roarty

Nessa O'Roarty

Partner,
Dublin




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Testimonials


BLM 'remains a top tier firm'

Legal 500 2019

The team are extremely knowledgeable and are able to handle the wide variety of claims we are exposed to.

Chambers & Partners 2020

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Catastrophic injury Team

Marie Atkinson

Marie Atkinson

Partner,
Manchester


Stephanie Atkinson

Stephanie Atkinson

Partner,
Southampton


Deirdre Brown

Deirdre Brown

Senior Associate,
Manchester


Deirdre Burgess

Deirdre Burgess

Partner,
London


Phillip Carney

Phillip Carney

Partner,
London


David Caswell

David Caswell

Partner,
Manchester


Mark Chetwood

Mark Chetwood

Partner,
Liverpool


Jonathan Clay

Jonathan Clay

Partner,
Manchester


Claire Collins

Claire Collins

Partner,
London


Patrick Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Partner,
Belfast


Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

Partner and joint head of office,
Dublin


Simon Cradick

Simon Cradick

Partner,
Cardiff


Caroline Craigie

Caroline Craigie

Partner,
London


Kerris Dale

Kerris Dale

Partner, head of motor practice group and head of office,
Cardiff


Karen Dance

Karen Dance

Partner,
Glasgow


Related contacts


Andrew Hibbert

Andrew Hibbert

Partner, Head of BLM’s Catastrophic Injury Practice Group,
Southampton


Val Jones

Val Jones

Partner,
Manchester


Nessa O'Roarty

Nessa O'Roarty

Partner,
Dublin