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Samantha Hemsley – Serious injury solicitor

Senior serious injury solicitor - London

Samantha has over a decade of experience in dealing with compensation claims on behalf of victims of catastrophic injury. Like all our lawyers, Samantha is dedicated to working only for victims of personal injury and not insurance companies. She is passionate about defending the rights of the injured and their families, and does so by adopting a dedicated and thorough approach to each case.

Samantha delivers a bespoke service tailored to the individual client, bringing the highest level of professionalism and expertise. She has special expertise and interest in catastrophic injury litigation, specifically head and brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns, and amputations.

Known to be a powerful advocate, Samantha is able to successfully tackle complex issues whilst maintaining a down to earth manner, always putting the victims and their families first. Samantha demonstrates a thorough understanding of the law, and the medical issues involved. She works closely with experts of national repute, to include, medical experts, case managers, and financial deputies to ensure recovery of the maximum amount of compensation on behalf of her clients. Samantha focuses on delivering “real” benefits for victims, successfully recovering interim payments to meet treatment, rehabilitation, and accommodation requirements at the earliest possible opportunity.

Samantha is respected throughout the legal profession and is known for her calm and sensitive client-handling skills. This approach, coupled with a fierce determination to secure the best result for her clients, will ensure she achieves the best outcome for you and your family.

Samantha is listed in Chambers as a leader in her field emphasising her expertise in serious injury litigation, they quote: “Experience of multi-million pound claims, involving both lump sum and periodical payment awards. Highest settlement to date £8.3 million. She advises and lectures widely on issues of Health and Safety to major Trade Unions and their members”.

She is a member of several organisations both in the legal profession and support organisations representing the interests of her clients. These include:

• the The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL),
• the Spinal Injuries Association,
Headway – the brain injury association
• Yorkshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum

Samantha is also a member of the UKABIF (UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum) and the Child Brain Injury Trust where she is a legal panel solicitor for both organisations.

Successful accident compensation claims

Here are just a couple of examples of the many clients who have suffered serious injury and for whom Samantha has secured substantial compensation.

Work accident compensation claim – Severe burn injuries

Samantha represented this client when he suffered 65% burns. His injuries were so severe that he was put into a medically induced coma in order to minimise his immediate suffering. He subsequently underwent more than 20 reconstruction operations and is still receiving skin grafts some years after the accident at work. His legs were so badly damaged that amputation was considered. Thankfully, an eight-hour operation was carried out and surgeons were able to save them.

These devastating injuries were caused when molten iron spilled onto the platform on which our client was standing. He was engulfed in heat, steam and smoke. Blinded by the steam and smoke, he was unable to escape because the aluminium access ladder to the platform he was on had melted in the heat.

He is unable to return to work in the foundry due to the psychological effects of his traumatic accident, and the flashbacks that he still experiences. Physically however, he has made an excellent recovery and is expected to be able to return to employment. He is now coming to terms with the scars that he will bear for the rest of his life.

The client’s employer denied liability for his accident. Samantha argued that the work equipment was faulty and that the system of work was inherently unsafe. She was able to secure an out of court settlement of substantial work accident compensation.

Work accident compensation claim – Fall from height

Samantha’s client in this work accident compensation claim, was only in his 20’s at the time of his accident. A scaffolder, he had fallen 20 feet when a platform on which he was standing collapsed. The platform was erected by foreign contractors. It was intended to support up to a tonne in weight. Unfortunately, it had been erected with the incorrect bolts and was unable to sustain even the weight of Samantha's client.

Her client suffered catastrophic injuries. His family were initially advised that he was unlikely to survive. Thankfully, he did survive and made remarkable improvements. However, he suffered a brain injury of the most sever kind. It affected his ability to walk, talk and use his limbs. Several years on, he is now able to walk with assistance from two support workers, he can talk but requires on-going and extensive speech and language therapy, he has some limited use of his upper limbs. He will always need 24 hour care from a team of support workers, never being able to live independently.

Samantha was able to secure several interim payments throughout the course of this serious injury compensation claim. As is typical with such serious injuries, a claim can take several years to conclude, allowing sufficient time for the long-term prognosis to be finalised. During the case interim payments were recovered allowing her client to secure a specially adapted bungalow with hydro-therapy pool, and the 24-hour care that he needed.

The final sum in work accident compensation was substantial and will ensure that her client’s needs can be provided for, for the rest of his life. The claim settled shortly before Trial.

Comments from accident compensation clients

Below are just a couple of the many expressions of thanks that Samantha receives each year from clients for whom she has obtained just compensation.

““… brilliant right from day one! And the whole case was all done quicker than we thought it would be!
“ explained everything ... we got an interim payment quite quickly which enabled the purchase and adapting of a bungalow to suit … needs before he was discharged from the hospital.
“kept in touch all the time, brought in various specialists and experts, and were very thorough in assessing the present and future costs of care ….
“I was very happy with the settlement ...”

Quotes from a client whose son was seriously injured when he fell from a height in an avoidable accident at work. Samantha secured compensation to provide for his round the clock care for the rest of his life.

“I’m grateful to my family and girlfriend for their support during the last two years and to the [solicitors] for fighting my case on my behalf.”
Client who suffered serious burns in an accident at work

Making an accident compensation claim for serious injury

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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