Caroline specialises in all areas of personal injury and fatal accidents, including disease, limitation hearings and clinical negligence. She acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants in claims valued from fast track to multi track and appears in courts nationwide.
Solicitors have commented on her conscientious approach,
“For an instruction at short notice with disclosure, multiple witness accounts and the volume of information from the engineer and P35 Replies you were comfortably better than anyone else I’ve instructed in the last 12 months” (Deputy head of noise team).
Caroline is frequently instructed in noise induced hearing loss claims (NIHL),
including limitation hearings, and also is experienced in mesothelioma, asbestosis, occupational asthma and HAVS claims. She regularly deals with issues concerning TUPE transfers, correct identity of the defendant, extensions of time for service of the claim form and, in NIHL claims, applications for own ENT expert. She is used to analysing engineering and medical evidence in relation to these claims.
Caroline is instructed by claimants and defendants in relation to employers’ liability. Recent instructions include: –
- JSM in respect of finger amputation: Claimant claimed £300,000. Settled for £90,000 including a discount of 40% for contributory negligence. Acting for the defendant.
- Vicarious liability claim arising from an assault by a school employee on another school employee. Successful representation of the defendant.
- Claim by a paramedic for a shoulder injury arising from lifting a patient. Successful representation of the defendant.
- Claim for an alleged assault by a carer in a care home.
Including secondary victim claims. Caroline also provides representation at
inquests into deaths following medical treatment which assists with her understanding of the medical background in clinical negligence claims. She is instructed by both claimants and defendants.
Example instructions include: –
- Led by Andrew Lewis QC in cerebral palsy and large loss claims.
- Delayed diagnosis and negligent treatment of cancer: breast, pancreatic and ovarian.
- Birth injury, including secondary victim claims. A recent instruction involved a causation issue where the medical evidence conflicted with the outcome of an inquest.
- Claims arising from cosmetic surgery such as gastric band surgery and breast implants.
- Consent claims following Montgomery.
- Claims arising from care homes, including successfully defending a claim for an alleged assault by a carer.
- Infections, including MRSA and delay/ failings in treating post – operative infections.
As a former solicitor she is familiar with dealing with costs. Caroline provides representation at detailed assessment hearings and regularly attends CCMC’s. She has obtained orders disapplying QOCS following findings of exaggeration and fundamental dishonesty and following strike out consequent on disappearance of the claimant. She is familiar with the rules and procedure in relation to wasted costs having obtained wasted costs orders against firms where the solicitor continued acting without instructions and following non-disclosure on without notice applications.
Preskey v Sutcliffe and Sutcliffe, reported on Lawtel, document number AC0136261. Successful representation of the defendants in this claim arising from a dog bite. Extensive cross – examination as to credit.
Road traffic accidents:
including accidents abroad, MIB claims, indemnity issues, LVI, late notification and suspected fraudulent claims. She is a speaker on MIB claims for MBL.
Caroline provides seminars to solicitors both in chambers and on request at solicitors offices. Recent seminars include:
- Future loss of earnings claims.
- An introduction to noise induced hearing loss;
- Secondary Victim claims.
Caroline is a member of PIBA and regularly attends the PIBA Annual Conference and the Northern Circuit seminars.
Caroline Wood may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.