Louise represents both Claimants and Defendants in all areas of serious injury litigation. In particular, she has experience in road traffic claims (including fraud), employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, and Highways Act claims. Louise often represents local authorities in employers’ liability and public liability claims, at both Fast Track and Multi Track level.
Louise also accepts instructions in claims relating to disease including, Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Asbestosis, and Mesothelioma.
Louise has particular experience in cross-examining expert witnesses in Multi-Track matters, on the issues of diagnosis, prognosis, and causation.
Louise is a member of the Pain team, and has experience dealing with a number of cases involving chronic pain conditions. Louise has a particular interest in cases involving fibromyalgia and CRPS.
Notable Serious Injury cases
Sloan v The Governors of Rastrick High School  EWCA Civ 1063,  All ER (D) 305
3-day multi-track case (approx. value £250,000) involving a claim by a former employee of Rastrick High School following a manual handling incident allegedly sustained whilst pushing a disabled child in a wheelchair. Louise successfully defended the claim at first instance, and went on to win the subsequent appeal in the Court of Appeal.
K v Liverpool City Council (2014)
Louise represented a disabled Claimant in a claim against her employer following a fall from height in a school. The Claimant had pre-existing cerebral palsy. Following the accident she was unable to return to her previous level of gainful employment and suffered a significant reduction in her ability to function wholly independently. Issues of causation and contributory negligence were hotly contested. Settled at JSM.
Barker v Calderdale MBC (2015)
5 day multi-track case (approx. value £250,000) involving a claim by a former employee of Ravenscliffe High School following the development of PTSD as a result of an accident at work.