Emma Mason: Managing Director

The PI Team: Emma Mason

Managing Director – emma.mason@cohencramer.co.uk

Emma joined Cohen Cramer in 1999. She is the head of the Serious Injury Team which reflects her vast experience in acting for clients who have suffered serious injuries as a result of accidents at work, in public places, and in road traffic accidents. Emma’s expertise also includes complex medical negligence cases. She, like the rest of the team, is experienced in acting for children as well as adults injured in accidents. Emma is a member of The Association Of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is also a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme which verifies a member’s expertise and recognises their accomplishment in the area of personal injury law.

Cases completed by Emma Mason

Mrs. X – injuries from a road traffic accident

Emma acted for a woman who was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that lost control. Mrs. X suffered a significant injury to her left elbow in the form of a severely comminuted open distal humeral fracture in association with extensive bone and soft tissue loss plus considerable ulna nerve injury.  Emma arranged for extensive rehabilitation costing over £75,000 in total which was funded by the Defendant`s Insurers under the Rehabilitation Code. The case eventually settled following the issue of court proceedings, with the Claimant receiving £800,000 by way of compensation.

Miss N – injuries from a road traffic accident

The Claimant was eight years old when she attempted to cross a road with her friend and was struck by a car. Despite suffering a severe head injury, the Claimant went on to make a remarkable recovery from both a physical and neurological point of view.

Liability for the accident was never admitted on behalf of the Defendant. However, not only did the Defendant`s Insurer’s fund a significant amount of rehabilitation, with the assistance of Leading Counsel the case settled at a Joint Settlement Meeting with the Claimant receiving £2,000,000 which has been invested on her behalf while providing support now and in the future.

Miss S – injuries from a road traffic accident

The Claimant was seventeen years old when she mistook a green traffic light for red and proceeded to cross the road. She was struck by a heavy goods vehicle and suffered a very serious head injury which caused a significant exacerbation of pre-existing learning difficulties. The Court approved a settlement on liability whereby the Claimant would recover 25% of the full value of the claim. The Claimant received extensive rehabilitation and went on to receive £757,000 in damages, representing 25% of her claim.

Mr. M – injury following negligent medical treatment

The Claimant was subjected to negligent medical treatment resulting in him undergoing unnecessary treatment and injury to his right eye. Liability was denied on behalf of the hospital through the case and the claim was listed for trial. Emma was able to negotiate settlement of the claim a few months before the trial was due to take place and the Claimant received £150,000 by way of compensation.

Claim for road traffic accident

Miss L – head injury from a road traffic accident

Emma acted for a young woman who was a back seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a head-on collision with another. The Claimant sustained a fractured skull and nerve damage to the left eye. Other symptoms and injuries involved headaches and depression requiring extensive treatment and medication.

Emma arranged for case management and extensive rehabilitation and the matter eventually settled in November 2014 with the Claimant receiving £372,500 in settlement of her claim.

Miss C – injuries from a road traffic accident

The Leeds based client was involved in a road traffic accident when hit from behind by a vehicle that failed to brake when the Claimant slowed down at a pedestrian crossing.  Injuries resulting from the incident included soft tissue damage to neck and shoulders, injury to her left leg, damage to her right eye, and psychological damage.

Three days after the accident the Claimant suffered a stroke resulting in speech difficulties, loss of mobility to her left side, loss of concentration, headaches and fatigue. The Claimant went on to make a good recovery. Emma was able to obtain expert evidence to support the stroke was as a result of the accident.

The Claimant received damages of £127,500.00.

Mr. H – injuries following an accident at work

The Claimant sustained an injury at work when a defective ratchet strap on his lorry snapped, causing him to fall backward on to the base of his spine and sustained an injury to his back. Whilst initial tests showed he had fractured his T8 vertebra, this later proved not to the case. Despite this, the Claimant suffered restricted movement, ongoing pain, and depression.

Medical evidence was complicated as there was a background and history of pre-existing problems. However, Emma was able to obtain medical evidence to support the fact that the Claimant was suffering from a psychological pain condition. Settlement was eventually agreed in a sum of £167,000.00

Mrs. W – claim for injury as a pedestrian hit by a vehicle 

Emma acted for this elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle as it entered a car-park from the main road and, as a result of the incident, sustained a fracture to her right tibia and shattered and kneecap. Damages were recovered not only for her pain and suffering but also for her care and rehabilitation needs.

Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle was not insured and so the matter was referred to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) who took on the claim as if they were the relevant insurer.

The Claimant accepted the MIB award of £46,000.00. 

Mrs. H – accident at work in a charity shop

Mrs. H, while working as a volunteer at a charity shop, slipped on a bag of clothing that had been left in a hazardous place. She sustained a fracture to her hip requiring an operation and hospital admission for 12 days.

Liability was initially disputed but Emma was able to persuade the Defendant to admit liability. The extent of the Claimant`s losses was disputed and proceedings were issued.  Following this, an offer of £70,000 was made which the Claimant accepted.

Mr. N – injury in a boatyard

The Claimant sustained an injury to his back when his foot went down a hole in the floating pontoon he was working on; the hole was as a result of a missing standpipe. Liability was denied on a number of fronts relating to the maintenance of the standpipe and the reporting of the incident.

As a result of the denial, it became necessary to issue proceedings however before a trial date was set the Claimant accepted an offer of £40,000.00 in settlement of his claim.

Emma Mason can be reached on 0113 390 7887 or email emma.mason@cohencramer.co.uk 

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