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We act for individuals in a wide range of personal injury claims including:
- road traffic accidents
- injuries at work
- industrial disease, including exposure to asbestos
- slipping and tripping
Work accidents include accidents that arise from bad training, sloppy health and safety attitudes, exposure to harmful products, bullying, victimisation and excess of stress and work pressures.
If you slip over or trip in a public or private place and injure yourself you may be able to bring a claim. Most slips and trips arise from defective paving stones. Other injuries are caused in supermarkets and other public places.
- We have a national reputation for excellence in this area of work and often receive referrals from other law firms or professionals. We have a high reputation in the profession and are frequently mentioned in legal directories and peer reviews such as Chambers UK and The Legal 500.
- The Legal 500 (2019) states "Russell-Cooke is considered by a client to have 'an enormously good reputation' in personal injury work."
- Our team includes members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), AOIL Accredited Senior Litigators and members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Panel.
Our experience and approach
- We are experienced in dealing with a wide range of claims, from those of modest value to catastrophic injury and fatal accident cases.
- In relation to road traffic accidents - the most common type of claim - our clients include pedestrians, passengers, drivers, cyclists and bus passengers. We have pursued claims against a range of defendants including private individuals and the Motor Insurers' Bureau.
- We have a flexible approach to funding claims. We act for many clients under conditional fee ('no win no fee') agreements, under which solicitors will not generally receive payment of their fees if a claim doesn't succeed. However, under these agreements solicitors are entitled to charge a success fee to clients who win their cases (a percentage of the solicitors' fees, capped at 25% of compensation obtained for pain and suffering and for financial losses up to the date of any trial). However, our team is currently able to offer zero success fees in new personal injury and clinical negligence cases we take on under conditional fee agreements.
Action against Medical Accidents
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is the independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident. A 'medical accident' is where avoidable harm has been caused as a result of treatment or failure to treat appropriately.www.avma.org.uk
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people. Founded in April 1990 by a group of barristers and solicitors who wished to improve the services provided for victims of personal injury, today APIL has grown to become the trusted organisation in the promotion, encouragement and development of expertise in personal injury law. APIL has created networks, forged links and uses its 4,700 strong voice to promote the rights of injured people and fight to ensure access to justice.www.apil.org.uk
Law Society Personal Injury Panel
The Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme covers all work undertaken by solicitors and Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) on behalf of victims and their dependants, or compensators, as to their rights and obligations arising out of any alleged act of negligence or breach of statutory duty as a result of which the victim has sustained personal injuries or fatal injuries.www.lawsociety.org.uk
Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.www.headway.org.uk
INQUEST is a charity that provides a free advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on deaths in custody.www.inquest.org.uk
RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims. Members include those who have been bereaved or injured in crashes and also those who are concerned about road danger. RoadPeace provide both support for existing victims and work to prevent future victims by campaigning for road danger reduction.www.roadpeace.org
Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national charity for spinal cord injured people. The charity offers support and assistance from the time of injury and for the rest of a paralysed person's life, provides services to increase an individual's quality of life and campaign for the best medical and social care for spinal cord injured people.www.spinal.co.uk
The main funding options relevant to compensation claims are set out below. We would be pleased to offer potential clients a free no obligation half hour interview or an initial assessment over the telephone to discuss the likelihood of pursuing a claim and discuss the various funding options available to you.
Public Funding / Legal Services Commission
This was abolished for most injury claims in April 2000. However, it is still available for clinical claims and as we have a contract with the Legal Services Commission we can apply for you.
"No Win, No Fee"/Conditional Fee Agreements
These are agreements between you and a firm of solicitors. If you win, the other side pays your solicitor's costs and if you lose your solicitor does not get paid.
However losing could mean that you have to pay the other side's costs, but you can protect yourself by taking out an insurance policy which will pay the other side's costs if you lose.
Legal Expenses Insurance
We recommend that you check all insurance policies (including any belonging to other family members) as you might be covered for solicitors fees for accident claims and you will still be able to instruct us to act for you.
Your own money
You can pay your own costs and we will ask you to pay for the work as the case progresses. Costs can be expensive and if you lose you could end up paying the other side's fees as well.
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
An independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident.www.avma.org.uk
Citizens advice bureau
The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice, and by influencing policy makers.citizensadvice.org.uk
A brain injury association that is a registered charitywww.headway.org.uk
A charity that provides a free advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on deaths in custody.www.inquest.org
Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national charity for spinal cord injured people. We are unique in that we are a user led organisation with all our Trustees being spinal cord injured themselves.www.spinal.co.uk
Community legal services and public funding (legal aid)
The Legal Aid Agency providex civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Waleslegalservices.gov.uk
Office of the Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian supports and promotes decision making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future, within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.www.gov.uk
Courts and Tribunals Service
Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Our remit is to deliver justice effectively and efficiently to the public. We are responsible for managing the magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court, county courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales.https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-courts-and-tribunals-service
The Law Society
The Law Society is the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales.www.lawsociety.org.uk
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people.www.apil.org.uk
General Dental Council
Organization that regulates dental professionals in the UK. Includes work details, news, publications and events.www.gdc-uk.org
General Medical Council
The GMC registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Our purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.www.gmc-uk.org
Nursing & Midwifery Council
The Nursing & Midwifery Council exists to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public.www.nmc-uk.org
The Royal College of Nursing
The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.www.rcn.org.uk