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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 Association and blogged about its difficult journey here
The Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury (to give it its full name) can be seen in full at It is aimed at claims valued at £250,000 and over where there is an element of continuing future loss.  
The Guide has great relevance to our teams specialising in spinal cord injury and brain injury and we recognise and already operate to many of the best practices encapsulated within. 
The Guide aims to resolve liability issues as quickly as possible and to prioritise early access to rehabilitation.  It requires that the representatives for both parties to the claim work together in a cost appropriate and proportionate manner and work towards resolving the claim in an appropriate timeframe.  Signatories to the Guide commit to working in an environment of mutual trust, transparency and collaboration.
Unfortunately the Guide does not cover clinical negligence claims and I’ll comment on this point in a future blog.
It is testament to the lobbying by Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ (APIL) that 37 other firms specialising in serious injury work have joined us in signing up to The Guide.
On the other side the Motor Insurers Bureau and 11 insurers have signed up to the Guide.  They are Acromas, Admiral, Allianz, Aviva, Axa, DLG, Esure, Hastings, LV/Highway, QBE and RSA. We hope that other insurers too will sign up to this best and sensible practice.
We look forward to implementing the Guide in spinal injury, brain injury and other serious injury claims in which we specialise.  
To find out more about the Serious Injury Guide, our spinal injury claims and brain injury claims teams specialise in or any other issues arising from this blog please do not hesitate to contact me.
Jon Rees was a shortlisted finalist in the Excellence in Legal Care category of the Spinal Injuries Association’s Rebuilding Lives Awards 2015.  He is a ranked lawyer in Chambers and Partners 2015, known for his expertise in spinal injuries and sources report that he is “friendly and approachable” and that he “goes the extra mile” for clients.
Brethertons is proud of its Corporate Accreditation with APIL.  Jon Rees is a Fellow of APIL.  Brethertons is also proud of its association with the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway.