David Tomlinson is one of the founding partners of Barratt Goff & Tomlinson. He has represented clients with spinal cord injury for the last 28 years. He is a keen supporter of the SIA. He is the Secretary of the Spinal Cord Injury Special Interest Group of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation
“There is no getting away from the fact that life after spinal cord injury is horrendously expensive and those who have been injured due to somebody else’s fault should get the maximum compensation that the law allows (and a bit more if possible!). However, when dealing with a SCI client who has suffered life changing injuries the compensation, at least in the early days, is not the issue. The experienced lawyer should be concentrating his/her efforts upon rehabilitation and everything that is required to manage the process of transferring from the spinal injury unit to home. The discharge process is always going to be a key moment for those who have spinal cord injury and if the lawyer is able to put in place the best possible accommodation, to arrange with case managers for the best possible care and support, to make available vehicles, wheelchairs, specialist equipment and access to post-discharge therapies then the quality of the clients life is going to be immeasurably improved. Then, and only then, can the lawyers efforts move towards maximising the compensation but with rehabilitation always being at the forefront.”
SIA 40th Anniversary
“All at Barratt Goff & Tomlinson recognise the immense contribution made by the Spinal Injuries Association over the last 40 years and we look forward to the SIA going from strength to strength”.