“Remarkable” law firm remains trusted partner for spinal cord injury charity

14 April 2022

Higgs LLP has extended its partnership with the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), reaffirming the leading law firm’s commitment to offering first-class support to people after life-changing injury.

Higgs LLP, based in Brierley Hill, is considered one of the best law firms in the country for offering holistic support to people who have sustained or acquired spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Its work was recognised in 2020 when the firm was selected to support SIA as one of two Trusted Legal Partners in the West Midlands region.

The partnership has now been extended for a further year.

The SIA said Higgs had already made a “remarkable” difference to people’s lives.

Andy Shaw, Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence at Higgs LLP, said: “We are delighted to have retained our position as Trusted Legal Partner for SIA in the West Midlands region.

“The partnership has already provided huge benefits to people in our area who are affected by spinal cord injury, as well as their family and friends.

“Our major trauma and medical negligence teams have extensive experience of helping people with spinal cord injuries and we’re all very passionate about improving people’s lives.”

Higgs LLP’s clients with spinal cord injuries enjoy a number of benefits, including access to SIA’s support network, which includes a team of SCI peers, specialist nurses, trained counsellors and an advocacy team.

People with the injuries are also signposted to access Higgs LLP’s specialist legal support.

As well as providing advice if there is a legal claim as a result of injuries sustained or substandard medical intervention, the wider Higgs team is on hand to support holistically with other legal issues that arise including supporting with the purchase of single level accommodation, dealing with matrimonial issues or employment concerns.

It means people with spinal cord injuries can access Higgs LLP’s services as a ‘one-stop shop’ rather than engaging with numerous legal service providers. Higgs LLP will also support SIA with fundraising activities.

All SIA legal partners have met strict criteria and must have proven experience in handling catastrophic injury claims.

Chris Massarella, Partnerships Manager for the SIA, said: “We are delighted to be extending our Trusted Legal Partnership with Higgs LLP for a further year, and have a lot planned to increase the support we can offer to SCI people across the West Midlands.

“The difference we have seen in the lives of the people we have supported since our partnership began is remarkable, and working together has shown just how valuable it is to have experts on hand to offer support and advice, whenever someone needs it.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Higgs LLP for their continued support – they really are helping us to make a difference."

Higgs LLP’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team has strong experience in supporting people who have been affected by a range of issues arising from spinal cord injuries, brain injury, amputations and complex polytrauma.

There are around 50,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the UK and, each year, around 2,500 are injured or diagnosed – one every four hours – through accident or injury, or through other health conditions such as a tumour or spinal compression.

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