LAW firm Irwin Mitchell has picked up a national award for its involvement in one of the year’s most high-profile personal injury cases. The firm was at the heart of a series of test cases seeking to secure fairer compensation for victims of personal injury who need long term care and support that were successfully concluded in the Court of Appeal in January 2008.
Irwin Mitchell was rewarded for its efforts as associate solicitor and clinical negligence expert, Jennifer Cawthorne, picked up the Outstanding Case of the Year award at November’s Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2008 for the “Thompstone and others” cases.
Under the previous system of calculating compensation, many people who had been seriously injured were left unable to meet the steep rises in the cost of hiring carers, support workers and personal assistants necessary for their health and wellbeing and to maintain their independence and quality of life.
Jennifer Cawthorne collected the award on behalf of the several law firms who worked on the case, which successfully argued that claimants in personal injury cases could calculate their care needs based on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, rather than the outdated system that relied on the Retail Price Index allowing the annual sums awarded to claimants to keep up with the cost of care.
Irwin Mitchell’s Midlands’ regional managing partner Stuart Henderson, said: “This was the most important decision for decades on the assessment of damages for future care.
“Irwin Mitchell worked with other law firms representing the interests of claimants to achieve a victory that ensures those who require long-term care can afford to provide for themselves a good quality of life and as much independence as can be achieved within the limits of their injuries. This was an extraordinary collective effort by a number of law firms who represent accident victims.”