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Rachel Coombs

Partner, Southampton

Rachel is a defendant catastrophic injury lawyer specialising in accidents of the utmost severity involving brain and spinal injuries, amputations and fatalities.
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Rachel is a defendant catastrophic injury lawyer dealing with accidents from RTAs and EL/PL.  She deals with all ranges of brain injury from walking wounded to minimally conscious state.  She has a particular interest and expertise in spinal injuries from incomplete spinal cord injury to ventilated tetraplegia.  She also specialises in amputation cases and cases involving Functional Neurological Disorder.  

Many of Rachel’s cases involve statutory funding for care and she finds ways of maximising statutory funding to create win/win situations for both her insurer clients and claimants through use of indemnities.  

In appropriate cases, Rachel adopts a collaborative working approach with claimant solicitors to include meeting the claimant and their family, attending MDT meetings and regular route mapping meetings.  This approach has often resulted in quicker settlements and has made litigation less antagonistic for everyone involved.  

Rachel has a particular interest in spinal injuries and has visited Neurokinex and The Wellington.  She is also in touch with contacts at Hobbs and Royal Bucks to explore facilities and new developments in spinal rehabilitation.  Rachel has had two cases involving ventilated tetraplegic children. One of those cases was recently pleaded in excess of £83m and settled with a PPO.

Rachel is a former editor of Bingham & Berrymans “Personal Injury and Motor Claims Cases,” the leading PI text.  In 2015 she won the “Individual Achiever of the Year” award from top insurer LV=.  

Recent Cases

Rachel’s recent cases include:

  • A 2 year old who suffered a brain injury and was left ventilated tetraplegic following an RTA whilst restrained in a child car seat.  
  • A 5 year old who suffered a brain injury and was left ventilated tetraplegic following an RTA whilst restrained in a child car seat.  
  • A 6 year old who suffered a very severe brain injury following an RTA whilst restrained in a child car seat.
  • A 19 year old who was rendered tetraplegic in an RTA as a front seat passenger in a car.
  • A 29 year old who was rendered tetraplegic as a pedestrian when a car mounted the pavement.
  • A 25 year old who was rendered tetraplegic when the motorbike they were travelling on collided with a car and veered into a wall.
  • A 49 year old who suffered a transhumeral amputation and hypoxic brain injury in a collision whilst on a motorbike.

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