Joanna Bailey
Joanna Bailey
Partner - Head of Personal Injury

Injuries are debilitating at the best of times, but can be made far worse if they keep you away from work, take you away from a passion, or burden people who care for you.

Our specialist Injury team are expert in everything from Accidents in the Workplace to Motorcycle injury and are at their best when times seem their worst.  With us you are in the safest possible hands.  You can talk to us any time in complete confidence and we will work with you closely, considerately and collaboratively.  

Current clients include AVMA, Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice Bureaus, other Solicitors and lastly motor bike and cycle organisations. Not only are we specialists in injury work, we have teams who are sub-specialist in for example cerebral palsy, spinal cases, urological cases, plastic surgery cases and lastly motorbike and cycle cases amongst others.

Legal 500We are ranked Tier 5 for Personal Injury in the Legal 500

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If you would like to speak to a professional to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

 

During these unpredictable times, some people, who for no fault of their own, have sustained an injury may think it is too late to investigate if they have a valid claim. Joanna Bailey, Head of our Personal Injury Department says:


Joanna Bailey
Joanna Bailey
Partner - Head of Personal Injury

In most accident cases, the Limitation Act 1980 confirms that you have 3 years’ from date of your accident or knowledge of injury to bring a claim. You must show that you were owed a duty of care by an another individual or organisation; that that duty was breached and that it directly lead to the injury and financial loss you want to claim.

  • This means if you know when your actual accident occurred (which is likely if you were involved in road traffic collision) it you have 3 years from that date to bring a claim;

  • If you are only aware of your injury much later on, then the 3 year time limit runs from then often from when you got a diagnosis. The injury must be significant, attributable in full or part to the breach of duty and you must know who is that you wish to make the claim against. This scenario deals with situations where if you have become unwell and it transpires that you now suffer from a disease as a result of where you worked along time ago like mesothelioma, you can still bring a claim.

Exceptions apply

  • If you were younger than 18 when the accident occurred then the limitation expires on your 21st birthday as long as no one has made a claim on your behalf before as a result of the particular accident.

  • If the injured person lacks mental capacity so that they are unable to either understand or commence a claim, then the 3 year time limit starts when mental capacity is regained. If it is not, then another person can bring a claim on their behalf. They are known as a “Litigation Friend”. Crucially, the original 3 year limitation is applicable if the injured person had capacity at the time of the accident but then losses it.

If your loved one died in the accident their personal representatives can take the matter forward on their behalf. You will need talk to a specialist about this scenario.
To keep the claim alive court proceedings need to issued by the end of the relevant limitation otherwise your claim will be statue barred and you will not be able to progress. There is much work to do to prepare a claim to be ready to issue court proceedings and an emphasis under the court rules to try and resolve your matter before the court even become involved.

It is best to get advice early and allow you and your legal team, time to prepare.

As a Legal 500 Directory recognised Personal Injury Team we are ready to help you. In these uncertain times, we remain committed as ever to our clients’ and their cases, continuing to prepare to seek financial redress for the accidents our clients’ have been involved in, on the road, at work, in public places and sometimes, sadly that cause death.

We Can Help

At MW we recognise the need to talk to someone when an accident occurs and to obtain clear advice in a straightforward way. Our team, although small, has over 130 year’s experience in providing clear advice from the start and working with you to secure a just outcome. We are also well connected being able to signpost you to other organisations which can help. Small enough to care, big enough to make a difference.

If you would like to talk to us about your case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a call back at your convenience. Stay safe.

When the brain is injured your memory, behaviour, concentration, personality, movement and senses can all be affected, having a huge impact both on the life of the person involved and their family and friends.

headway corporate supporterAt MW we know a brain injury can be mild and a full recovery made within a few months with the right support, but when a brain injury is severe, recovery can takes months, a year or longer or in some cases may never happen.  Rehabilitation is crucial to making the best possible recovery and the MW team will work with you and those working for you to help achieve this.  We will arrange a specialist Brain Injury Case Manager to help plan and implement a rehabilitation package which can incorporate your health, psychological, educational or occupational needs.   We will work with medical, clinical and other experts to value your past and most importantly, future needs, such as personal and medical care, income, accommodation and transport.

Where possible we will secure interim payments to assist with day to day and rehabilitation needs throughout the course of the claim.

For the most severely injured we have a Court of Protection Team who can assist with the management of a person’s affairs.

We Can Help

The MW team is here to provide expert support and guidance in what will be difficult and challenging times and put you in touch with other organisations that can help such as HEADWAY, the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Charity (BASIC) and the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF).  Based on our wealth of experience we will  seek to achieve a financial result that makes a real difference to your long-term security.

At MW, our mission is "to make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including those who have suffered the trauma of brain or head injury. 

If you would like to speak to a specialist to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.

 

At MW we know a spinal cord injury can bring major changes to the life of those injured and that of their family and friends.

Rehabilitation is Crucial to Recovery

Rehabilitation is crucial to making the best possible recovery and the MW team will work with you and those working for you to help achieve this.  We will arrange a specialist case manager to help plan and implement a rehabilitation package which can incorporate your health, psychological, educational or occupational needs.   We will work with medical, clinical and other experts to value your past and most importantly, future needs, such as personal and medical care, income, specialist equipment, accommodation and transport.

Where possible we will secure interim payments to assist with day to day and rehabilitation needs throughout the course of the claim.

Supporting Spinal Injury Organisations in the UK

Our ability to provide expert support and guidance in what are often difficult and challenging times is not possible without the vital work carried out by spinal injury organisations in the UK.  We have strong relationships and we also support their work through various membership programs and sponsorships,

Back UP

Backup Trust

We are the principal sponsors of the Back UP Wheelchair Skills Training Programme.  We provide not only financial help but also hands on support in the form of volunteer assistants at every Wheelchair Skills Training event held in the UK.

We Can Help

The MW Personal Injury Team are staffed with dedicated and expert specialist solicitors who strive to get you the financial support that makes a real difference to your long-term recovery and the security of you and your family.

At MW, our mission is "to make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including those who have suffered the trauma of spinal injury.  If you would like to speak to a specialist to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

The sudden death of a loved one is devastating, especially when unexpected and as a result of an accident.

In the UK, 1,713 people were killed or seriously injured on our roads in 2013 (Department of Transport), and  142 deaths occurred whilst people were at work (HSE 2014/2015).

At MW the experienced team will explain how a claim can be made, by whom, what for and steer bereaved families through the many resulting consequences that follow. The team will assist by explaining the involvement of the Coroners’ Court if there is an Inquest or the Criminal Court when a prosecution is being brought.  Our Private Client team can deal with the requests made in a Will or obtain a Grant of Representation when there is no Will.

We can also direct you to organisations who are there to help with your bereavement or to support campaigns to avoid fatal accidents; such as the Road Safety Charity BRAKE, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The law surrounding fatal accidents is not straightforward and just as a loved one was an individual, different outcomes will be achieved depending on the circumstances of the incident giving rise to the death and the individual’s family and financial circumstances.  The MW team have particular expertise in this area, with Joanna Bailey lecturing on the subject to the Police, Health Professionals and charities.

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including those who have suffered a bereavement through fatal injury.  We will place you and your family in the financial position you would have been if the accident had not occurred in a supportive and empathic way as you and your family look to rebuild your lives.

If you would like to speak to a professional to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk 

Amputation is the removal of the whole or part of a limb by trauma, medical illness, or surgery. Losing a limb is life changing  event and rehabilitation is crucial to making the best possible recovery. 

The MW team will work with you and those working for you to help achieve this; arranging a specialist Case Manager to help plan and implement a rehabilitation package which can incorporate your health, psychological, educational or occupational needs.   We will work with medical, prosthetic  and other experts to value your past and most importantly, future needs, such as privately funded prostheses,  personal and medical care, income, accommodation and transport.

Where possible we will secure interim payments to assist with day to day and rehabilitation needs throughout the course of the claim.

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including those who have had life changing amputation. 

The MW team is here to provide expert support and guidance in what will be difficult and challenging times and put you in touch with other organisations that can help such as Limbless Association and Douglas Bader Foundation.   Based on our wealth of experience we will  seek to achieve a financial result that makes a real difference to your long-term security.

If you would like to speak to a professional to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

 


CRPS can cause a person to experience persistent, severe and debilitating pain along with other symptoms.


Timothy Pyant
Timothy Pyant
Partner and Deputy Head of Personal Injury

The condition may develop after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack, but the pain is out of proportion with the severity of the initial injury or trauma. Over 65% of cases are caused by soft tissue injuries. The cause of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome isn’t clearly understood and CRPS awareness in the UK is low. However the earlier a diagnosis of CRPS is given, the better the prognosis is for a patient.

There is no cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  It is a chronic and life-changing condition.  There is a range of treatments available to help manage symptoms, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, psychological therapy, medication, regional and lumbar blocks, neurostimulators, implants, alternative therapy and pain management programmes.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those suffering from CRPS which has developed following injury.

Instructing a specialist CRPS solicitor who properly understands the condition means our clients are supported throughout the legal process.   We provide expert support and guidance in what will be difficult and challenging times.  We work with organisations that can help support you, including the Burning Nights charity.  Based on our wealth of experience we will  seek to achieve a financial result that makes a real difference to your long-term security as we as providing the care and assistance you need.

If you would like to talk to us about your CRPS case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a callback.

Car and Motorcycle accidents can be awful, but the aftermath can be even worse. If you are kept away from work, off the road, or, worse, left disabled, you will need help to move on positively.

Our ambition is to make sure the accident was the worst of it and to minimise the stress and complications of anything that comes after, for your sake and the sake of those who rely on and care for you.  You can talk to us any time in complete confidence and we will work with you closely, considerately and collaboratively.

We Can Help

If you would like to speak to a professional to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

 

No matter where you work, from offices to Factories, you may at risk of injury.

Whether from a simple trip or slip to something far more serous, accidents can result from the way you do your job, dangerous premises or even faulty work equipment.

Employers Duty of Care


Allen Harry Myers
Allen Harry Myers
Legal Executive - Health & Injury

Every employer has a duty of care to ensure that employees can do their job safely. Employers cannot predict or prevent every accident.

However, by carrying out regular health and safety checks it is possible to identify foreseeable risks and reduce those risks to a minimum. If employers neglect this duty they can expose employees, customers, or even the general public, to risk of injury.

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

If your employer fails in its duty to keep you safe at work you may be entitled to recover damages if you have an accident at work. This would be known as making a claim for personal injury.

A personal injury claim is a legal process where you can claim financial recompense for an injury at work. To succeed you will need to prove that your employer was responsible for the accident and that it resulted in you sustaining an injury. If your claim is successful you will recover damages to reflect your injury.

You can also seek damages for loss of earnings, medical care and out of pocket expenses. In fact you should be able to claim for all expenses and losses incurred provided that they are related to the accident.

What do I do if I am Injured at Work?

If you suffer an accident at work you should make sure that it is reported in your employer’s accident book as you will, as part of the claims process, have to prove the accident actually happened.

Depending on the nature and seriousness of the injury you should ensure that medical assistance is obtained in a timely manner.

Having properly reported your accident and attended for treatment it is wise to keep a diary detailing your recovery.  You should also record what expenses you incur. Keeping receipts is a very good way of proving what you have had to pay out for as a result of your injury. You should maintain a record until you are back on your feet and have made a full recovery.

It would also assist your claim if you write down what you recall of the accident along with the names of any witnesses whilst it is still fresh in your mind

When Should I Make a Claim?

Many potential Claimants are put off pursuing a claim as they worry about what their employer will think. It is important to remember that employers have insurance and it is the employer’s insurance company that will investigate any claim and pay any compensation. An employer may have to pay an insurance excess in much the same way as an individual might in a car accident but beyond that the employer is no longer financially involved in the claims process.

There is no need to start a claim immediately. However, the law allows the victim of an accident a maximum of 3 years in which to bring a claim from the date of the accident. It is important that you make a note of the date of the accident and seek expert advice as soon as possible. If you fail to bring a claim within the first 3 years you might be barred from making a claim altogether.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who have been injured at work.

Instructing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor who properly understands your claim means you are are supported throughout the legal process.   Our expert Solicitors  are happy to discuss any potential claim you may have and to steer you through the process of funding and progressing your claim to a successful conclusion.

Don't delay call our team today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.

Due to increasing awareness and openness about employees’ mental wellbeing, claims for psychiatric injury are more likely to be successful than they were historically.


Ian Latimer
Ian Latimer
Solicitor

Landmark Lawyers

In 2001 MW's Ian Latimer was the first solicitor to take a stress at work case to the Court of Appeal.  Hatton v Sutherland was a landmark decision which set out the guidelines to be applied in such cases and it still remains the first point of reference for all lawyers to this day.

Can I Make a Claim for Stress at Work?

You may have been the victim of overwork, lack of support or training, bullying, harassment or discrimination that has had a significant impact on your health and employment opportunities. 

These claims are some of the most complex type of all injury claims but we will assess the merits of your case promptly and if we consider that you have reasonable prospects of success offer to act for you on a no win no fee basis.

There is often an overlap between personal injury law and employment law in such claims and as a full service law firm you will be supported by our specialist Employment Law solicitors if necessary.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those who have suffered psychiatric injury or stress at work.

Instructing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor who properly understands your claim means you are are supported throughout the legal process.   Our expert Solicitors are happy to discuss any potential claim you may have and to steer you through the process of funding and progressing your claim to a successful conclusion.

Don't delay call our team today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.

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