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Why choose us

Established in 1875, Higgs & Sons in an award-winning Midlands law firm with offices in the heart of the Black Country.

Bringing together lawyers across many specialisms, we strive to constantly think from a client’s point of view. To understand your issues and respond to your needs. And in this way, we can make a real difference to you and your family.

Our approach

We recognise the challenges that clients and their families face in the aftermath of a spinal cord injury. With this in mind, we help clients rebuild their lives and get the best results possible. Our objective is to help you lead as full and as active a lifestyle as you want.

We give proactive support from the outset. We believe that early intervention is the best way to minimise disruption to your life, especially during such a challenging time.

Our services

We’re committed to helping you achieve the best possible results. And securing the best financial settlement to provide security for the future.  Our lawyers will meet with you or your family free of charge, either at home or in hospital, and carry out a comprehensive assessment of your claim. If you instruct us, we’ll act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.  

We work with industry-leading case managers, consultants and therapists  to support all of your needs

We recognise that local NHS services cannot meet every aspect of treatment a seriously-injured person needs. Particularly in the longer term. That’s why we often work closely with the NHS to supplement the treatment already provided. 

Our ultimate aim is to help our clients rebuild their lives following a spinal cord injury. We have a passion for rehabilitation. And we support our clients by getting the funding needed to get fast, private rehabilitation. We work with industry-leading case managers, consultants and therapists  to support all of your needs.

The advantages for our spinal injury clients include:

  • Proactive approach to planning for early discharge from hospital
  • An early clinical assessment of rehabilitation needs
  • Early access to interim payments when liability is accepted
  • Securing the best rehabilitation and treatment, both now and in the longer term

Client A’s story

Our client was a driver of a vehicle involved in a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle. As a result, his vehicle left the road and hit a tree. The man, who is in his early 30s, sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury at level T12/L1. This left him with significant mobility issues, incontinence and moderate-severity spasms. Liability is presently disputed, but we’re working with the compensating insurer to try and resolve the issue which may ultimately require us to issue court proceedings. As soon as liability is resolved we will apply for an interim payment to facilitate rehabilitation. We’ll also help him to access intensive neuro-physiotherapy, and support him in finding single-level accommodation.

Client B’s story

Our client sustained an incomplete cervical spinal cord injury including C6/C7 spinal vertebral fractures and L1 to L4 spinal vertebral fractures, in addition to a traumatic brain injury.

Following the accident, our client was transferred to a neurological treatment centre for treatment and assessment. Having secured an admission of liability in addition to a large interim payment, we have appointed a case manager who is helping put in place a comprehensive package of private treatment.

The client’s home is currently being adapted to meet long-term needs, which will include a ground floor extension, hoists, a wet room and widening access to other areas of the property. Given the severity of the injuries, a 24-hour package of care will be needed upon discharge.

Meet the team

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I handle a wide range of personal injury claims and have a special interest in spinal cord injury. I have considerable experience in dealing with catastrophic injuries, often achieving significant multi-million pounds settlements. I can provide early access to rehabilitation to get you on the road to recovery. And I’m one of a limited number of solicitors on the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.

Clare Langford

I lead the clinical negligence team at Higgs & Sons and have over 16 years’ experience in dealing with complex clinical negligence claims, including spinal cord injury. Early access to rehabilitation is the key to recovery, and I frequently apply to court for large interim payments. This eases the financial burden and provides you with funds to buy suitable housing, equipment and private therapies.

I’m a partner in the clinical negligence department. After training at Higgs & Sons, I’ve specialised in clinical negligence cases for over 20 years. I have considerable experience in dealing with a wide range of cases including spinal cord injuries. The Legal 500 and Chambers described me as “very experienced, knowledgeable, calm and sympathetic”.

Claire Burnell

I’m an associate solicitor in the personal injury department, with more than 18 years’ experience handling serious injury claims. I handle complex catastrophic injury claims including spinal cord injury. Chambers & Partners say: “. . . dogged and tenacious . . . she advises on catastrophic personal injury claims, including RTAs and accidents at work.”