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September 29th 2019

Serious Injury

Solicitor Samuel McFadyen shortlisted in ‘Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year’ category at 2019 Personal Injury Awards

Samuel McFadyen

Samuel McFadyen

Senior Solicitor, Personal Injury

Solicitor Samuel McFadyen shortlisted in ‘Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year’ category at 2019 Personal Injury Awards

Senior solicitor Samuel McFadyen has won further industry recognition for continually demonstrating his dedication and ability to ensure catastrophically injured people are given the very best support.

Senior solicitor Samuel McFadyen has won further industry recognition for continually demonstrating his dedication and ability to ensure catastrophically injured people are given the very best support.

Mr McFadyen has been named as a shortlisted finalist in the national 2019 Personal Injury Awards, in the category of ‘Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year’.

It is the second year in succession that Mr McFadyen has been recognised at leading national legal awards events.

This shortlisting follows similar recognition in 2018, when he was a finalist in the ‘Unsung Claims Hero of the Year Award’ at The Claims Awards 2018 in recognition of the hugely influential role he has in ensuring his clients benefit from the very best rehabilitation support at all times.

The Personal Injury Awards, now in their 12th year, highlight and celebrate the excellence of individuals and organisations across the personal injury sector.

Amanda Stevens, chief executive of Hudgell Solicitors, says Mr McFadyen is a solicitor who delivers ‘amazing results for those most in need’, and that he is deserving of his repeated industry recognition.

“Sam has a proven track record of securing six and seven-figure damages settlements for his clients, but it is the extensive rehabilitation packages, which he ensures are provided from the earliest possible stage, which have a massively positive impact on lives, and sets his work apart,” she said.

“His success comes from his unique ability to quickly identify severely injured clients’ personal goals and needs and to negotiate with defendant insurers and other solicitors on a collaborative basis.

“This ensures early agreements are reached to secure funding for rehabilitation, and to assist with a return to independent living.

“Sam’s work ensures immediate needs assessments are carried out on clients, dedicated case managers appointed, and substantial interim payments made – often well before full liability is admitted. He delivers amazing results for people most in need of help.

“Most importantly, he ensures funds are secured to cover complete packages of support from physiotherapists, psychologists, medical specialists and Occupational Therapists. The input of teams of professionals like this make a huge difference to lives.”

Claims have secured multi-million pound damages and funds for new homes

Over the past 12 months Mr McFadyen secured a £7.5m lump sum damages settlement, approved in the High Court, for a man left in need of lifelong care after suffering a serious brain injury and brachial plexus injury in a motorbike accident.

The settlement covered the costs for dedicated care professionals to support him and his family for the rest of his life, enabling him to move into his own home and live as independently as possible. It has brought peace of mind for the man’s parents, as they now know he’ll have all the help and support he needs for the rest of his life.

He is also currently supporting Angela Menzies, of West Yorkshire, who suffered extensive multiple orthopedic fractures, and injured many major internal organs, in a high speed head on car crash three years ago.

She suffered compound fractures to both legs, fractured both her knees and hips and broke nine ribs, also fracturing her pelvis, sternum, right clavicle, toes on her right foot, puncturing her lung and suffering a stomach injury as her seat belt caused tissue damage, requiring stapling.

However, after many operations she is now beginning to enjoy her independence again, thanks to a complete package of support provided through Mr McFadyen’s leadership of her claim.

He secured an early agreement from insurers to fully fund all rehabilitation costs, appoint a specialist Case Manager and provide an extensive package of physical, psychological and financial support, before liability for causing the injuries had been admitted.

Earlier this year he was able to obtain an agreement to a further £200,000 interim payment, enabling Angela and her husband to purchase a bungalow which has been extensively adapted to bring her full independence, as she is now able to wash independently and cook when alone at home for the first time.

Angela is now building up her walking distance unaided during her physiotherapy sessions, and is driving alone again.

Husband left in wheelchair was able to fly to daughter’s wedding

Another case of significance led by Mr McFadyen has seen him ensure a complete package of rehabilitation support to 54-year-old Svilen Milhov, who was left paralysed after being injured as a mini bus passenger in a motorway crash in October 2018.

Funding has been secured to allow for the instruction of a specialist Spinal Injury Case Manager with a multi disciplinary rehab team which has helped  Mr Milhov be well and strong enough to fulfill his dream of being able to fly back home to Bulgaria and give his daughter away at her wedding in August 2019.

In addition new rental accommodation was also  sourced and secured for Mr Milhov and his family, moving them from an unsuitable flat to a new dormer bungalow, which has also been specially adapted to ensure there is more space to accommodate his wheelchair and provide space for his family and rehabilitation team.

The Personal Injury Awards will be held at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester, on November 27th, 2019.

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