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Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
Salford
Manchester
M3 6AJ

Michael Smith

Civil Litigation

Michael's main focus is in larger loss serious and catastrophic personal injury claims. He regularly advises, drafts, and appears in large loss claims comprising head/brain injuries, amputations, and the range of life changing injuries. His highest value work tends to be for Claimants, with insurer clients usually instructing him in claims involving dishonesty, inflated claims, and those with complex causation. Particular examples of Michael's current and recent cases include:

• Brain injuries, polytrauma and life changing injuries involving questions of capacity, care regimes, case management, and accommodation claims, with multiple expert witnesses
• Amputation (including elective amputation)
• Spinal cord injury
• Chronic pain disorders, particularly those with a psychiatric element
• Debilitating psychiatric injury

Notable recent and past cases include:

• Polytrauma including catastrophic brachial plexus injury. Involved yet to occur elective through-shoulder amputation and claim for provision of cutting edge LUKE arm prosthetic from the USA. Claim settled in mediation for £6M (for the Claimant with Marc Willems QC)
• Amputation of a 75 year old woman's leg above the knee in a bus crash. Claim settled in the region of £1M (for the Claimant acting alone)
• Acted for family struck by a taxi when crossing the road. Adults sustained brain injuries and life changing orthopaedic injuries
• For the Claimant who developed fibromyalgia after a bicycle accident. Causation was disputed. The claim concluded in a negotiated settlement for £200,000
• For D1 driver in six-figure claim for shoulder injuries arising out of minor RTA. Case involved novus actus and negligent diagnosis and surgery by D2 surgeon. Settled in round table settlement meeting after 4 years of litigation, with D1 bearing only a £20,000 liability for damages
• Amputation of fingers and hand injuries by an electric saw at work (for the Claimant). Claim settled despite a denial of liability and assertion that the claim had been previously compromised at a lower amount
• Six-figure settlement for Claimant whose thumb was amputated when defective inspection panel of a generator failed and dropped. Liability was denied

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  • Member of PIBA
  • Accredited Advocacy Trainer with ATC