Andrew Evans Personal Injury

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Andrew is a specialist Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Licensing barrister.

What the directories say:

Chambers and Partners

A junior who is regularly instructed to act for claimants in a broad range of clinical negligence matters. He has a developing practice in cases involving negligence in dentistry and cosmetic surgery.

Strengths: “His attention to detail on some of the finer points was second to none. I was impressed with his approachable manner yet in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, which you would only see from a true specialist in the field of clinical negligence.”

Legal 500

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Leading Junior: ‘Recommended for cosmetic surgery clinical negligence cases.’

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • LLB (Hons) 2:1 University of Birmingham
  • ICSL (Very Competent)
  • Hardwicke Scholar of Lincolns Inn
  • Treasurer of the Midland Circuit
  • IoL Member
  • AvMa Member

Personal Injury

Andrew is instructed regularly in personal injury and clinical negligence matters on the multi-track, around 50% in the High Court. The value of his normal caseload is usually between £100,000 and £1m.

Recent cases have involved:

  • A variety of digital amputations and hand injuries to factory workers.
  • A severe upper limb injury to a construction worker who fell from scaffolding.
  • Lower body crush injury to a manager supervising the unloading of a lorry, 4 defendants.
  • Fractured spine with lifelong neurological consequences.
  • Multiple injuries from motorcycle accidents.
  • Brain injuries from road traffic accidents.
  • Fatal accidents –  RTAs, fall from hotel window, legionella.
  • Holiday illness claims – gastric illness, cardiac injury from infection.

As part of St. Philips’ commitment to providing continuity of service through a case from the earliest advice on prospects to trail, if required, Andrew regularly appears in CCMCs in both the County and High Court. Andrew understands the importance of fighting for the directions that allow a case to be resolved justly on behalf of a claimant, and the importance to that of a costs budget being set that allows sufficient funding to be in place for expert evidence and solicitors work to see that the case is litigated properly. In the earliest part of his career Andrew accepted instructions in specialist costs work, drafting and arguing points of dispute and replies, and attending hearings (including before Masters and Costs Judges in the Senior Courts Costs Office in London). This early training has always meant that Andrew is comfortable with costs negotiation and argument before the Courts on costs issues. The budgets Andrew tends to work with are in the £100,000 to £250,000 range. Andrew’s philosophy for Costs Budgeting is to know the case thoroughly and be pragmatic in the hearing, being careful to achieve the best overall result on the budget from the particular judge. Regular appearances before the more senior District Judges in Birmingham, as well as in Coventry, help to ensure that he knows the approaches and idiosyncrasies of many of the judges and tends to be trusted and listened to by them.

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Catastrophic injuries

Andrew has experience of high value claims arising from very serious injuries. Recent cases include:

  • multiple orthopaedic and psychological injuries arising from a motor cycle accident.
  • a subtle brain injury to a 3 year old girl that has affected her hormonal function.
  • a 25 year old claimant who has suffered a debilitating somatoform disorder.
  • A 30 year old claimant who has suffered a chronic pain disorder.
  • A brachial plexus injury leading to severe pain and an excoriation disorder.
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Fatal Accidents

Andrew acts for the estates and dependants of victims of fatal accidents that occur as the result of road traffic accidents, in the course of their work or arising from clinical negligence.

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Fraud and Allegations of Fraud

In recent years Andrew has built up considerable experience in personal injury litigation. With a background in the early part of his career prosecuting criminal cases in the Crown Court he is ideally suited to civil and in particular personal injury fraud work.

Andrew accepts instructions from the early stages in defending insurers’ interests, advising on: investigation tactics; witness credibility; requirements for expert evidence (and testing it in conference); whether fraud may be properly advanced in pleadings; and thereafter in drafting statements of case and providing robust representation at trial. With years of experience on his feet in the Crown Court, before he made the change to practising exclusively in civil law ten years ago, Andrew is not afraid to get stuck into a witness in cross-examination, usually to good effect.

Recent instructions include cases involving: Low Velocity Impact claims; fraud rings; phantom passengers; inflated credit hire and repair claims; induced accidents; and staged accidents.

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Industrial Disease

Andrew provides advice and representation to claimants and defendants in claims arising from industrial exposure to harmful dust, chemicals and substances caught by the COSHH Regulations 2002, vibration, repetitive activities causing work related upper limb disorders and stress.

Recent instructions include:

  • A claim by a factory worker who suffered an upper limb disorder working on a cling film production line.
  • A claim by a worker in a woodworking factory who suffered industrial deafness because he was exposed to excessive noise at work for over forty years.
  • A claim by a supermarket employee who was exposed to spilt chemicals in her work re-stocking shelves and suffered dermatitis as a result.
  • A claim by a worker who handled raw meat products and developed dermatitis.
  • A claim by an assembly line worker who was exposed to dangerous chemicals in a lubricant he was required to apply to equipment he assembled.
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Travel and Holiday Claims

Andrew accepts instructions relating to claims made for personal injury and associated losses arising from accidents abroad. Andrew accepts instructions in mostly multi-track cases involving the Package Travel Regulations.  Recent cases include:

  • A complicated cardiac injury resulting from a Shigella infection.
  • A group claim for 12 Claimants who suffered gastric illness on a holiday to Egypt.
  • A group claim for 11 Claimant who suffered food poisoning on a holiday in Rhodes.
  • Pre-action disclosure applications against holiday companies and travel agents.
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