Laura acts predominantly for claimants, instructed by the leading personal injury firms, including those acting for the large trade unions. With over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of personal injury work, Laura now focuses primarily on complex and serious injury cases.
A significant part of Laura’s practice is made up of employer’s liability and occupational disease claims, including accidents in the workplace; manual handling claims; asbestos-related diseases; and work-related upper limb disorders. Laura has a particular interest in the interface between personal injury and employment law, including clams involving bullying and harassment and long-term sickness and disability. She has considerable expertise in high-value psychiatric injury claims.
Laura has a burgeoning asbestos practice. She is able to deal sympathetically with terminally ill clients and the recently bereaved. She is aware of the need to act quickly and cogently. She is able to deal with show cause hearings; advise on complex limitation issues; and to conduct conference, at short notice, with experts. She is a contributing author to 9 Gough Square’s Guide to Asbestos Claims.
Notable Personal Injury cases
Claim for repetitive strain and psychiatric injury arising out of use of mouse and keyboard. C had to change jobs as a result of his injuries and suffered permanent, disabling hand and arm symptoms. Breach ultimately admitted but causation in issue. Settled at JSM in 2020 for 6 figure sum.
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3 family members suffered significant injuries as pedestrian victims of high speed road traffic accident. The parents’ claims settled at JSM for a significant 6 figure sum. The daughter has suffered a traumatic brain injury, together with permanent facial and dental injuries and her claim is ongoing.
Various claims for psychiatric injury caused by stress at work, including bullying and harassment, overwork and unsafe working environments. In the last year, claims have involved police officers, teachers and law lecturers. Either successfully resolved by settlement or ongoing.
C, a manager, suffered diffuse pleural thickening following office refurbishment works carried out in the early 1980’s while he worked in the vicinity. Settled without admission of liability.
clam on behalf of minor whose father was killed in a high speed road traffic collision. Complicated by the separation of the parents and the involvement of social services where the deceased suffered addiction issues. Proceeding to approval hearing after successful settlement.
Vaginal prolapse caused by repetitive manual handling. The injury led to the need for hysterectomy and abdominal sacrocolpopexy and permanently impacted upon employment. Settled for six figure sum to include the risk of repeat procedures for life.