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The impact of Covid 19 on brain injured cases

Personal Injury Partner, Navdip Gill reports how his brain injury clients are affected by COVID 19:

We are in the midst of a national emergency and understandably this is a worrying time for all and this article will hopefully provide some clarity for anyone who is involved in the process of a civil claim and rehabilitation.

Medical Reports

I have recently received a plethora of calls from my leading medical experts postponing upcoming medical examinations. Unfortunately due to unprecedented circumstances they were right to make this call, otherwise there was a risk of spreading this virus from doctor to client and vice versa.

Some medical experts do have the technology to facilitate remote video consultations and these can be done for straight forward injuries where the medical expert does not need to physically examine the patient, for example, I have one case in which a Professor of Neurology is happy to conduct an examination via Skype because they have already been sent all the scans and medical records. In another case the other side’s professor of psychiatry decided to conduct the client’s examination by Skype and my client was perfectly happy to answer their questions remotely. However, invariably video consultations are often not suitable for complex brain injuries as a detailed consultation can take over 6 hours to complete and therefore where these appointments have to be postponed it will inevitably delay the progress of the case.

Coronavirus has forced everyone to adapt and embrace technology  – I do not believe a client is disadvantaged if they are examined by medical expert via Skype provided the medical expert has all the relevant medical records. In some way it is better for the client as it is less disruptive and stressful and should certainly be considered an option moving forward post Covid 19.

Rehabilitation

Covid 19 has also had an impact of the rehabilitation available to clients. In one of my cases, I had just secured funding my client to move to a flat for 6 months under the direct supervision of a case manager and a number of medical specialists. However, following the Covid 19 outbreak I made the decision to postpone their housing arrangements and will instead continue with weekly medical assessments via video consultations.

If you have any specific questions in connection with your case please feel free to contact me on ngill@geoffreyleaver.com alternatively my mobile number is 07825940007.

 

 

 

The Personal Injury Team

  • Navdip Gill Partner
    Personal Injury 01908 689338 (07825 940007)
    Navdip has been a Partner at Geoffrey Leaver for 10 years. He is based within the Personal Injury department. He has over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury litigation and has built up a strong network with spinal surgeons, neurologists and plastic surgeons. 

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  • Anne Maguire Consultant
    Personal Injury 01908 689365
    Anne is a Consultant to the Personal Injury Department. Anne is ranked as a leader in her field by Chamber and Partners Legal Directory. She has more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain or life-changing injuries, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.

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  • Sam Seaford Partner
    Personal Injury 01908 689349
    Sam is a personal injury solicitor and Partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, who has over a decade of experience handling serious and catastrophic personal injury claims including but not limited to employer’s liability, road traffic accidents and occupier’s liability claims.  Sam has extensive experience in claims against insurance companies, large scale employer’s and their representatives, Councils and the Police.  He specialises in high value and complex, pedestrian, motorcycle and cyclist claims.

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  • Ann Summerling Chartered Legal Executive
    Personal Injury 01908 689368
    Ann is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in May 2006. She has extensive experience in handling all types of personal injury claims.

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  • Kerry Gibbs Litigation Executive
    Personal Injury 01908 692769
    Kerry has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years, in various roles acting on behalf of claimants and defendants.  The majority of her experience has been gained in Personal Injury, where she worked her way up to client account manager for a large corporation before specialising in claimant based work.

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  • Jim McGarrity Partner | Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings)
    Private Client Services 01908 689331 | 07711 498186
    Jim has over 30 years' experience in the law and now specialises in will, probate, trust and inheritance disputes and court of protection cases.

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