18 November 2019 | Comment | Article by Cari Sowden-Taylor
Road Safety Week 2019
‘Step up for safe streets’ is the theme for Road Safety Week 2019, which takes place this week. Brake, a charity providing support to bereaved and injured people are campaigning for safer roads and we at Hugh James support this campaign. According to Brake, sadly every 20 minutes someone is killed or seriously injured on British roads and each of these tragedies is preventable.
At Hugh James we specialise in representing claimants who have suffered serious injuries as a result of road traffic accidents and on 7 November we were delighted to host our inaugural Trauma Conference which focused on the patient journey. The day was hosted by Steve Brown, television presenter, former Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Captain, and motivational speaker who shared his personal experiences of adjusting to life after a spinal cord injury in in 2005.
During the conference our delegates heard talks from:
- Officers from South Wales Police’s Serious Collision Unit who shared their experiences of investigating road traffic collisions and support they provide to families in the aftermath.
- Dr David Rawlinson of Wales Air Ambulance/ Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service who provided insight regarding the incredible life-saving treatment which is provided to patients at the road side following collisions.
- Dr Matt Morgan, Consultant Intensivist and novelist, who shared his views on the importance of providing support to families in a sensitive and compassionate manner whilst their loved one is in critical care.
- Dr Jenny Thomas, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, who provided an update regarding the forthcoming South Wales Major Trauma Centre and importance of starting neuro-rehabilitation as soon as possible.
- Ciaran McCabe and I spoke of the importance of the legal and medical professions working together to achieve the best outcomes for injured people.
- Kathryn Jones of Headway Cardiff and South East Wales provided information regarding the invaluable support they, as a charity, provide to individuals and families after traumatic brain injury.
- The day was rounded off by Hayley Greening who bravely shared her very personal experiences of coping with tragic news and then the huge adjustment to family life thereafter.
The conference gave professionals working directly with patients who experience trauma opportunity to meet and hear of each other’s work and how working together helps to achieve the best outcome for the patient.
Hugh James is one of the leading personal injury firms in the UK and recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. If you need legal advice following a road traffic collision, please contact us for a free, no obligation discussion to see whether we can help you. We recognise the importance of securing specialist rehabilitation, early interim payments and compensation to try to reduce stress after a life changing injury and to give you peace of mind for your future. We provide specialist legal advice in a friendly and professional manner. Visit the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury page for more information about making a claim for compensation following an accident. #RoadSafetyWeek #StepUp
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