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Brethertons are #SCIAware

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Today, Brethertons join in marking National Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day #SCIAware. Brethertons are proud corporate partners of the Spinal Injuries Association and its work to help those who have to live with spinal cord injury. Jon Rees who leads...

Discount Rate Reduced. Help for seriously injured Claimants!

Jon Rees
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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...

Contending with Complexity: Managing increasing needs

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On 16 November our Spinal Injury team attended the 18th MASCIP (Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals) Conference "Contending with Complexity, managing increasing needs" at Loughborough University. It was an...

Back to school... worried about contact sports?

Kerry Hudson
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There is no doubt most parents want to encourage children to play sports.  It’s good for a number of reasons but how safe are sports like Rugby? In an open letter dated 1st March 2016, signed by more than 70 doctors and health experts, a warning...

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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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...

All Party Parliamentary Group on Spinal Cord Injury

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On Monday 8th March I attended a reception hosted by the  All Party Parliamentary Group on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)  at the House of Commons.  The Group has been set up to deal with issues being faced by those who have suffered a SCI. The...

New appointment strengthens the Brain Injury team at Brethertons

Jon Rees
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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...

Film star for a day!

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I have recently overseen the production of a video featuring one of our clients, Ify Nwokoro. Although Ify’s case settled shortly before I joined the firm in 2014 I have come to know him well. On our first meeting, at this year’s Spinal Injuries...

A paralysed system?

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The NHS is often criticised in the press for bed blocking and at MASCIP’s recent conference Continuing Healthcare: Does it? we heard about the real cost of the lack of continuing healthcare for patients with a spinal cord injury when their...

The Serious Injury Guide has arrived!

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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...

A grand day out!

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Recently I had the honour of accompanying some of the therapists and nursing team from Sheffield’s Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre on a day trip with four of their patients. The mission was to give the patients some respite from the hospital...

SIA Awards

Sian Buxton
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This evening, the Spinal Injuries Association is hosting the Rebuilding Lives Awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people throughout the spinal cord injury community. This includes not only people who have suffered an injury but case...

The guide to the conduct of cases involving serious injury

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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...

Talking stress, pressure and wellbeing

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Every week, it seems, there are reports of NHS budget cuts and deficits that ultimately lead to reductions in staff and resources. That in turn increases the pressure on existing staff ultimately resulting in low morale and sickness in the NHS. And that was...

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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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

Jon Rees
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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...

Big Brother may well be watching you!

Sian Buxton
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Ever feel like you are being watched? It should come as no surprise that surveillance of claimants making personal injury claims is very prevalent. Insurance fraud is clearly a problem and cannot be condoned. An industry has emerged to detect insurance...

Guttman, games and GPs

Sian Buxton
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On 27th June 2014 we attended the 31st Guttman Conference hosted by the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville. How apt that the conference was held where “Poppa” Guttmann practiced and when Stoke Mandeville Hospital was celebrating...

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

Jon Rees
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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...