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    • Partner & Head of Practice Area - Life Changing Injury
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Misunderstanding Spinal Cord Injured Patients' Ongoing Needs

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We have covered elsewhere how spinal cord injuries are relatively rare (even though seven people will suffer the injury each day – one every 3.5 hours or so). If there are 50,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the UK, that number represents...

Moving Mountains

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Congratulations to Martin Hibbert of the Spinal Injuries Association on completing his Martin’s Mountain challenge and getting to the top of Kilimanjaro. What Martin has accomplished since suffering spinal cord injury in the Manchester arena terrorism...

Compensation and Legal Rights After Injury

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As solicitors who help clients after spinal cord injury, we frequently find ourselves confronting the stark reality that as litigators all we can ever achieve is the recovery of an amount of money that the law deems to be commensurate with the...

Who Is Involved In A Spinal Cord Injuries Case?

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By the time a person comes to speak to a solicitor about making a compensation claim following spinal cord injury they will already have been assisted by a range of clinicians, therapists and others in the medical setting, but there are also likely to be a...

Types of Spinal Cord Injury

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There are obviously excellent medical references that can explain the different types of spinal cord injury far more helpfully than we can as mere solicitors. But the purpose of this blog is to explore some of the more frequently encountered aspects of...

Help - Recognising You Need It, Identifying Who Can Provide It; And Letting Yourself Be Helped

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In our experience of helping people who have suffered spinal cord or other life changing injuries, the process of coming to terms with the fact you or someone you care for might need help through to actually being helped has several identifiable and nuanced...

The Four Questions All Clients (Should) Ask Solicitors

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The Brethertons spinal cord injuries team are asked all sorts of questions by clients and prospective clients, but typically at the outset of a new case those questions coalesce around four main ones. Those are: Have a I got a case?...

Choosing A Solicitor - Specialist Experience & Expertise Is Vital

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Not so many years ago a client approached us concerned that their then solicitor was advising them to settle their claim for a lump sum they thought was not enough. The long story cut short is we settled the claim for 44 times the amount the previous...

Spinal Cord Injuries and Statistics

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Statistically, the average human has fewer than four limbs. What does that mean, what does it tell us about humans, and what does it tell us about statistics? What follows is intended as no more than a tour through statistics that catch the eye in the work...

Serious Injuries Guide - collaboration between solicitors for both sides to the argument - why it is important

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If you have suffered a spinal cord injury – indeed any life changing injury – the chances are that if you have a claim for compensation, it will involve a substantial sum of money. We have represented clients where their spinal cord injury was...

Brethertons Support for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research

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We were pleased to visit SMSR – Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research - at the National Spinal Injuries Centre this week where we met with Charlotte Minoprio and Derek Cutler as their new fundraising year begins. Brethertons has a long tradition of...

Brethertons at Naidex21 and the European Neuro Convention

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Brethertons were pleased to attend the Naidex Exhibition at the Birmingham NEC on 15 th and 16 th September – and the European Neuro Convention 21 which was run within the Naidex event. Naidex is Europe’s most established event for ‘the...

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day - 21 May 2021

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A day to increase understanding of spinal cord injury; raise the profile of spinal cord injury and highlight challenges faced by people who have suffered spinal cord injury. Who does spinal cord injury affect? A spinal cord injury is estimated to...

Covid19 and Serious Injuries Litigation - A New Business As Usual

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What might otherwise have taken a good many years has been achieved in months as solicitors adapt to new ways of working because of the Covid19 pandemic. Our serious injuries specialists are no exception. We might not be meeting in person quite so often but...

Trust and Hope - and APIL's Rebuilding Shattered Lives Campaign

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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has launched a new campaign Rebuilding Shattered Lives video - see this powerful animated film which aims at highlighting the difference experienced solicitors can make in the aftermath of serious injury....

Discount Rate Reduced. Help for seriously injured Claimants!

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I help people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. It seems this morning, the government might have as well. It has been announced today that the discount rate will now be reduced from 2.5% to -0.75%. If you have ongoing losses (perhaps future loss of...

APIL Speaks Out - Compensation Culture and Insurance Premiums

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As a lawyer who helps people with spinal cord injuries, I have a close interest in the wider issues within the field of personal injury law. There is always a lot of talk around ‘compensation culture’ and when I caught BBC Breakfast last Friday...

Move Quickly to Preserve Evidence in Spinal Injuries Cases - it could be decisive

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The Spinal Injuries Association’s advises patients to interview more than one solicitor in order to make an informed decision about who they instruct. It should be a given that the solicitor contacted via the Spinal Injuries Association Manual will...

The Serious Injury Guide - Common Sense Best Practice

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The ‘Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury’ sets out the best practice agreed between those experienced in representing claimants, and defendants’ insurers. It is specifically for cases where the potential value of the...

Brethertons Sponsors at 33rd Annual Guttmann Meeting

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The 33rd Guttmann Meeting was held at the Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry recently, sponsored by Brethertons. This year the Midland Centre For Spinal Cord Injuries were hosting – celebrating 50 years as a specialist centre assisting people with spinal cord...

Non-stop in the Spinal Cord Injuries team

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There has been a lot going on in our busy spinal injuries team in recent months. Aside our office move (Banbury to Rugby) and a changeover in our administration team (fond farewells to Lisa and Emma, warm welcomes to Julie and Anne-Marie) and all that...

New appointment strengthens the Brain Injury team at Brethertons

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We have appointed Katherine Lennon as Head of our Brain Injury team. We have an excellent track record of securing multi-million pound settlements for clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries. Katherine Lennon too has many-million...

The Serious Injury Guide has arrived!

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At long last the Serious Injury Guide is officially launched. Some months ago I ran a seminar - about the coming of the Guide - at the Annual Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Conference organised by Headway and the Spinal Injuries...

'Feeling a little normal' part 2

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In the second of two blogs Jon Rees about the joint Physiotherapy Project between Brethertons and the National Spinal Injuries Centre Jon describes a recent visit to Stoke Mandeville. It was simple: John and Dominic wanted to catch a bus in to...

'Feeling a little normal' part 1

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The Brethertons commitment to helping people who have suffered spinal cord injuries is well known. In the first of two blogs Jon Rees details a joint Physiotherapy Project between Brethertons and the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville...

The guide to the conduct of cases involving serious injury

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I am due to speak about the Guide to the Conduct of Serious Injury Cases this week at the Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Conference - jointly organised by Headway - the brain injury association and the Spinal Injuries Association. My brief is...

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day - 15 May 2015

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The Spinal Injuries Association is running its own social media campaign #mymilestone to highlight spinal awareness all this week. Check in on the SIA website and on Twitter for a glimpse of some of the incredible stories of the milestones that...

Being stuck and unable to afford it

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My oldest son recently became the proud owner of an iPad. The arrangement was Mum and Dad would buy it; oldest son would pay us back using birthday money and pocket money he will earn. I asked him this morning how he would feel if he discovered the price...

SIA Forward Magazine

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At Brethertons we are obviously very proud of our connections with the Spinal Injuries Association. I was moved to write this short blog having read this month’s Forward magazine which really does make excellent reading. Forward is the...

Make sure you get all the benefits to which you are entitled

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In a spinal cord injury claim, where liability is denied and we cannot secure an interim payment quickly, it is frustrating if we cannot do more to help our clients on a practical level. True enough many of our clients are helped by the team in the hospital...

Periodic payments and why judgment is essential

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A spinal cord injury compensation case we settled recently for more than £11million, highlights a point of considerable significance to claimants who settle their claims on a periodic payments basis. Jon Rees, Partner and Head of the Spinal Injury Team...

The home front: accommodation issues post-discharge after spinal cord injury

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Jon Rees is Partner and heads the Spinal Injuries team at Brethertons Solicitors. Brethertons is a SIA Gold Corporate Partner and proud sponsor of SIA peer support officers Paul Rhodes (West Midlands) and John Leonard (East of England). The level of...

Brethertons work with the Spinal Injuries Association

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Jon Rees, Spinal Injuries Partner, discusses the work that Brethertons has carried out with the Spinal Injuries Association. It was nice to have been featured in the Spinal Injuries Association’s Forward Magazine this month. We are very proud of...

Another small step for man

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Spinal cord injury research topped the news today. Darek Fidyka was paralysed from the waist down after a knife attack in which his spinal cord was severed. He is the first person to undergo treatment using olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), cells from...

Juliano, Miguel and the Symbolic Brazil 2014 World Cup Kick Off

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The Brazil 2014 World Cup has kicked off and the names of Juliano Pinto and Miguel Nicolelis featured in news articles that tweeted their way around the world. Juliano performed the symbolic kick off. Miguel (and others) helped. Juliano is unable to walk...