Our trusted legal partner in London: Leigh Day

Leigh Day has been a loyal supporter of SIA for over 20 years and we are delighted to continue our backing of this vital charity as a trusted partner. This year has seen massive uncertainty for charities and the SCI community alike and we’re committed to providing long term support to SIA and their service users.”

Dan Easton, Partner, Leigh Day

 

 

 

“After decades of support across so many areas of our charities work (which goes beyond measure of time or money), we are so pleased to be calling Leigh Day our partners, and to continuing our journey together. London is a key area for the SCI community, and for SIA, but we are happy and confident that with the support of everyone at Leigh Day we can do even more to support SCI people across the capital”

Lady-Marie Dawson-Malcom, SIA Support Network Officer, London

 

About Leigh Day

How we can help you

We act for individuals who have been seriously injured when it wasn’t their fault.  If you’re not the injured person, you may be a family member or carer for someone who has been seriously injured and are looking after their best interests.

We have acted for spinal cord injury clients across the UK and overseas.  Our work leads us to meet people who have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a road traffic collision involving a bicycle, motorbike or car, or as a pedestrian; an accident at work where there has been a lapse in health and safety standards; an accident at home or in a public place; a disaster such as a train crash or terror attack; an extreme sports injury or a fall from height.

Clients also come to us if they have suffered from medical negligence, where substandard care provided by a medical professional causes an injury or existing condition to worsen.  Negligence in a healthcare setting can include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, incorrect treatment or surgical mistakes. Spinal injury medical negligence cases are particularly complex because the claimant almost always has a history of back pain / issues; our job is to prove that their condition has been made worse by the negligence and would not have resulted anyway from the original injury or condition.

Why choose Leigh Day?

For over 30 years we’ve been helping people like you, who have suffered spinal cord injuries, to achieve financial security and rebuild their lives.

Our lawyers have set precedents in ground-breaking cases for spinal cord injured people.  We fight to get the best possible outcome for our clients. Our healthcare team has brought one of the only successful spinal cord injury cases on when a patient may have consented to suffer injury during surgery.

Throughout the legal process our overriding objective is the wellbeing of you and your family.  Our lawyers deal with many challenging cases and have a real understanding of the impact a spinal cord injury can have on you and those closest to you.  We aim to secure interim payments so your rehabilitation treatments and therapies can begin as soon as possible, and so that you are covered for any loss of earnings or other financial expenses incurred.

As part of our service, we offer advice on the benefits you are entitled to, identify unclaimed or underpaid benefits, assist with the completion of claim forms and appeal negative or incorrect awards.

If you want to return to work, our employment team can advise on the obligation on employers to provide reasonable adjustments for workers with a disability.

Should you need them, our Human Rights team has experts in health and social care, who act in cases concerning access to, or lapses in, health and social care

We take great pride in our work and our client service. Don’t take our word for it – 97 % of clients give us a rating of ‘great’ or ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot.

Visit the Leigh Day website to find out more about how our Trusted Partners can support you or a loved one after suffering a catastrophic injury or how they could support you with a medical negligence claim.

Meet Our Team

Daniel Easton
Partner, Personal Injury
Tel: 020 7650 1226
Email: [email protected]

 

Dan deals with complex personal injury claims, acting for people who have suffered catastrophic, life-changing injuries such as spinal cord injury, amputation and fatal accidents. He has over 11 years’ experience of spinal cord injury work and has worked with the SIA for many years.  His cases include acting for a 25-year-old man who was permanently confined to a wheelchair after being crushed under a JCB, and for a 16-year-old left paraplegic after a scooter accident.

He is a keen runner and has completed several marathons.  He has two young children to keep him on his toes and, time permitting, he enjoys surfing on the UK South Coast and in Devon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olive Lewin
Partner, Medical Negligence
Tel: 020 7650 1251
Email: [email protected]

 

 

Olive Lewin is an experienced healthcare lawyer who has specialised in the field for more than 25 years, having previously trained as a nurse.  She acts for clients with complex and high-value clinical negligence claims. Olive was the solicitor instructed in the case of Hassell v Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This was a significant claim on the issue of consent in a spinal cord injury claim, where the claimant recovered in excess of £4.4 million.

A keen gardener, Olive also loves to travel, most recently to Australia.  She also likes jazz, reading, theatre and cooking.

Get in touch

We offer an initial consultation free of charge so you can ask questions to help you understand how we would approach.  You can meet the lawyer or lawyers who will be dealing with your case and feel comfortable that you can work with them.

This consultation can be held in hospital, at your home, at our offices in central London or via an online meeting platform, such as Zoom, if you prefer. Please call or email Daniel Easton or Olive Lewin to discuss your situation.

Most of our cases are taken on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.  Usually they are settled before a trial becomes necessary, so many of our clients never have to go to court.

 

 

Our Clients’ stories

Rod
Rod was a keen cyclist who rode up to 500 miles a week. He was out on a training ride when a tractor turned right in front of him and he went headfirst into the vehicle door. He suffered a high-level spinal cord injury and was airlifted to hospital where he needed life-saving surgery. Despite the doctors’ best efforts, he was left paralysed from the neck down.  Soon after he was admitted to hospital it was clear that Rod would not be able to return to his home.  It was too small for him, his wife and two carers, as well as all the equipment he would need. We secured immediate payments on account of damages from the driver’s insurer which meant that Rod was able to move into a specially adapted rented bungalow as soon as he was discharged from hospital.  Specialist therapists paid for by the claim supported Rod’s rehabilitation alongside a team of carers.  Ultimately his claim was settled to provide for compensation for all his care, therapy and equipment needs for the remainder of his life, including building a permanent, adapted home for him and his family.

 

 

 

Rod Bartley

Tracy
Our client, Tracy, was awarded £4.4m by the High Court for her life-time care needs after she was left tetraplegic following an operation on her spine.  This case was one of the first successful judgments of its kind using the Montgomery ruling.  Our legal team argued that Tracy had not given informed consent as she was not made fully aware by the surgeon of the risks related to the surgery, specifically the risk of paralysis.

“The whole team couldn’t do enough for us. They were completely understanding and empathetic to our situation. We were all put at ease as soon as we met.”