Kevin Walker is an expert in serious injury and motorcycle claims and is a member of the Quittance personal injury panel.
Kevin's extensive experience includes:
Amputation and limb loss claims
Kevin has considerable experience in dealing with amputation claims - including claims for factory workers who have lost digits and upper limbs because of their employer’s negligence and for motorcyclists who have lost limbs and genitalia.
His knowledge and skill spans the spectrum of possible types of amputations to include below knee and above knee amputations, foot, toe, ankle and hip dis-articulations, shoulder, wrist and elbow dis-articulations, and nose and ear amputations.
Over the last 20 years, Kevin has successfully achieved numerous amputee settlements in excess of £1m for his clients.
He has a particular interest in active prosthetics and assistive technology and through this interest and his experience, Kevin has been able to help many clients overcome a range of mobility, dexterity and confidence issues following amputation. A recent amputation settlement achieved by Kevin was for a 56 year old male transtibial amputee at £1.4m.
Major trauma, serious life changing and catastrophic injury claims
With over 23 years experience in personal injury law and specialising in serious and catastrophic injuries, Kevin has been delivering successful outcomes and exceeding clients’ expectations on client care, support and settlement.
Kevin is dedicated to providing a quality service, emphasising trust, respect, confidentiality and compassion. Kevin appreciates the importance of clients and their families being confident in their choice of solicitor and understands their personal circumstances, the need to maximise recovery and well-being and get back to living.
In this, Kevin recognises his clients’ need for a clear and prompt pathway for rehabilitation, care and support alongside the sensitivities involved for clients and their loved ones on their journey post-accident.
Loss of sight claims
Kevin acted for many clients with eye injuries following accidents.
One recent accident at work involved a client who was sprayed in the face with acid while undertaking a job he was asked to do for an absent colleague without training or provision of protective eye wear.
The client was not entitled to company sick pay. Kevin was able to secure an interim payment early on in the claim to help with the client’s finances because he was unable to work. The client lost his vision in one eye and was left with double vision in the other eye he was unable to carry on working in his pre-accident capacity at the factory.
Kevin was able to secure a settlement of £600,000.
Brain and head injury claims
Kevin has dealt with cases involving brain injury where there was a normal Glasgow Coma Scale of 15/15, a normal MRI or CT scan and EEG but these cannot not exclude a minor head injury.
Symptoms can take months to become apparent and can be masked by other conditions such as depression or PTSD. Particular symptoms to look out for include: fatigue, anger outbursts, sleep disturbance, headaches, poor short term memory, difficulty multi-tasking, word finding difficulties, inhibition, a disinterest in hobbies.
Kevin dealt with a road traffic accident client who presented himself to A&E some 4 months after a relatively minor rear end collision with another motorcar. It was a difficult case. The client did not hit his head in the accident, but the movement and forces of the impact caused the client’s brain to travel forwards and backwards causing blood to form between the skull and surface of the brain.
The client’s symptoms involved headaches and nausea, personality changes, speech and vision difficulties. As the blood built up, it caused pressure to the brain and a seizure, necessitating shunt surgery to release the intracranial pressure. From previous experience, Kevin knew that there could be a delay in such a diagnosis and that it could be linked to the accident.
Other law firms had not made the link and because of the client’s age (79 years old) they thought it too difficult to prove causation, which was denied by the defendants. Kevin pressed on and was successful in establishing the link, which resulted in significantly more Damages being awarded to the client in the sum of £100,000.
Spinal cord injury, tetraplegia and paraplegia claims
Kevin has a depth of knowledge and experience in this specialist area of law.
Most of his clients being either motorcyclists or employees falling from heights, Kevin has represented many clients with spinal cord injuries and supported them and their families through to successful settlements.
The empathy and passion that Kevin has, ensures a strong relationship. Clients promptly receive the appropriate rehabilitation and care, and he adds value to every stage of the claim from the obvious immediate financial worries you will have through to home adaptations and assistive technology including eye gaze technology, pressure relief mattresses and powered wheelchairs.
Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes changes in its function, either temporary or permanent. The changes translate into a loss of muscle function, loss of feeling, or autonomic nervous system function in parts of the body served by the spinal cord below the level of the damage.
Injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord and can be classified as a ‘complete injury’, which is a total loss of sensation and muscle function, or ‘incomplete’, meaning some nervous signals are able to travel past the damaged area of the cord. Depending on the location and severity of damage to the spinal cord, the symptoms can vary widely, from pain or numbness to paralysis and incontinence.
There can be full recovery in rare cases or permanent tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) in injuries at the level of the neck, and paraplegia in lower cord level injuries. Kevin recently settled a 40 year old male client’s T12 paraplegic and multi-trauma claim for £4.2m.
Brachial plexus injury claims
Kevin has seen many clients with this type of injury as it is particularly prevalent in motorcyclists and cyclists who are ejected from their bike in a road traffic collision and their shoulder impacts. Some clients make a good recovery as stretched nerves can repair themselves or with a course of conservative physiotherapy treatment.
Severed nerves may be repaired with surgery. Crushed nerves are unlikely to fully repair, leaving the client with some permanent degree of disability with the upper limb. Kevin recently settled a 26 year old female client’s claim for brachial plexus and multi-trauma in the global sum of £900,000.
Serious orthopaedic injury claims
One of Kevin’s recent successes involved a female in her 20s who was in the RAF as a trained nurse. The client was involved in a cycling accident when a lorry turned into her at a roundabout.
The main injuries sustained were serious fractures to the tibia and fibula and femur. She had both internal and external fixation. She underwent several operations to try and salvage the leg and for the best part of 12 months, she wore an Ilizarov frame.
The client’s tibia became infected, resulting in a below knee amputation. She progressed quickly with her rehabilitation to become a successful prosthesis user, but her career path with the RAF was over. Kevin reached an out of Court settlement for this client of £2m.
Kevin acted for a male cyclist in his 40s who was involved in an accident when a car pulled out at a t-junction into his path. The client sustained a mild to moderate brain injury, facial lacerations, a brachial plexus injury and degloving to his middle and ring fingers on his left hand and left leg.
The client’s injured fingers were subsequently amputated. High definition silicone digits and a silicone cosmetic restoration cover for the disfigured calf (from muscle loss) were obtained. Kevin was able to successfully conclude this case in the sum of £700,000.
Serious burn injury and significant scarring claims
Kevin recently settled a claim for a toddler who had been scolded by a kettle of boiling water. The toddler sustained serious burns to his shoulder and trunk, when he pulled on the flex to the kettle during a stay in a hotel with his parents. Whilst there were obvious allegations of a lack of supervision, the kettle cord was a metre long and did not conform to health and safety regulations and was not a coiled flex or cordless kettle.
Kevin recently also acted for a girl who was involved in a car accident. The sun roof of the car she was travelling in smashed and showered her face, neck and arms with glass. Kevin involved a plastic surgeon and a camouflage expert to report on how the appearance of the scarring could be improved.
The client had plastic surgery and laser treatment, and costings were also included for specialist make-up and training on application of the same. The claim settled for £185,000.
Serious psychological injury and PTSD
Kevin has dealt with thousands of clients who have sustained some sort of psychological injury. Whilst there are tests to score how serious a psychological injury is, the impact on a client is quite personal and subjective. Kevin had a client who was initially diagnosed with PTSD for a period following an accident at work.
The criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD was not met at a later stage, but her psychological injury did manifest significantly into a severe psychological injury preventing her from returning to work or indeed working in the same industry. Kevin organised a vocational assessment as a result of which the client went back to college and re-trained for another job.
The new job meant less income and Kevin was able to claim for the difference in salary to retirement age for the career path she missed because of the accident.
Chronic pain claims
Kevin himself suffers with chronic pain following an accident, so he can understand how debilitating, frustrating and upsetting living with chronic pain can be. Chronic pain is defined as pain which ‘lasts for more than 3 months’.
Often, chronic pain sufferers will deal with pain for the rest of their lives, so it is important to try and manage the pain. Failure to spot a developing chronic pain condition from the lawyer's perspective, causes two obvious scenarios: firstly, the client will be under compensated and secondly, the lawyer may face a claim against them for professional negligence.
Medication and surgery may not be the answer and there are a host of alternative or holistic therapies, which could help reduce pain such as acupuncture or mindfulness.
Motorcycle accident claims
Kevin is one of the leading motorcycle accident lawyers in the UK. As an expert in motorcycle accidents and serious injuries, Kevin deals with traumatic brain injuries, brachial plexus injuries, amputation and spinal cord injuries.
For over 20 years, Kevin has provided legal advice and assistance, care and support to clients and their families. It is important that you obtain expert advice from a motorcycle claim specialist to help get you the right medical treatment and rehabilitation promptly and maximise your compensation so you can return to the best quality of life possible post accident.
Kevin knows that many people display prejudice against motorcyclists and often they will believe that the motorcyclist is the sole cause of an accident due to speeding, coming out from nowhere or filtering. Kevin is here to fight your corner and overturn these often misleading preconceptions.