Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2018.
The Awards, now in their eleventh year, provide a unique opportunity to highlight and celebrate the excellence of individuals and organisations across the personal injury claims sector.
Hilary Meredith Solicitors has been shortlisted for Catastrophic Injury Team of the Year and Case of the Year.
Over the last twelve months, the firm has achieved a number of outstanding results for catastrophically injured clients, demonstrating fine judgement in deciding when to settle and when to successfully fight claims all the way to court.
One of the firm’s greatest successes – which has been shortlisted for Case of the Year – was for a talented British athlete who was involved in a horrific, life threatening accident. Cast aside by her governing body, she instructed Hilary Meredith Solicitors and went on to achieve a resounding, against the odds success in court.
Serita Shone, an exceptional young elite athlete took up bobsleighing in 2011. She switched from athletics having already competed for Great Britain to take on a new challenge. On the 26 October 2011, whilst taking part in training runs for the upcoming championships in Germany, she was involved in a traumatic accident.
On the second day of four days of intensive training in Germany, the bobsleigh she was in hit the wooden boarding at the top of corner 13, turned over and crashed. She was thrown from the bobsleigh like a ragdoll, hitting and severely injuring her back on the ice, as she struggled to grip onto the sled to save herself.
Such was the impact of this accident, Serita suffered a serious back injury, for which she had to have emergency surgery to have her spine re-aligned, and a further operation 5 days later. As well as the back injury, she also had a collapsed lung. The seriousness of the injury meant that she was only able to be transferred to a hospital back in the UK after 3 weeks.
Instead of acknowledging their responsibility for this serious injury, the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) sought to blame Serita insisting she was entirely to blame.
Not to be cowed, Serita and her legal team took the case to a five-day trial where the Court found the BBSA responsible for causing Serita’s accident.
Said Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors:
“As a firm we have achieved a number of outstanding, life-changing successes for our clients over the last twelve months. I’m proud of the whole team – their passion, talent, and will to succeed, often against the odds, is second to none.”
The Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2018 take place at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel on 28 November.