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Rakhi is a Senior Solicitor specialising in serious injury claims. She is a Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and an accredited Senior Litigator. Rakhi has in-depth experience in dealing with claims including road traffic, motorcycle and fatal collision claims, chronic pain, and public and employer liability claims.
Her main specialism is in complex disputed motorcycle collision claims involving Accident Reconstruction evidence.
She specialises in moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries involving neurological rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, poly-trauma, shoulder/clavicle fractures and complex knee injuries.
Rakhi focusses on the needs of the client and ensures they are in the centre of the rehabilitation process when dealing with third parties, case managers and treatment providers. She is committed to supporting her clients and achieving the best outcome in every case.
Some examples of Rakhi's cases include:
- A young motorcyclist who sustained significant injuries including a severe closed brain injury, multiple facial and skull fractures, multiple fractures of the cervical and thoracic spine, a spinal cord injury (T7 ASIA A), multiple rib fractures, bilateral pneumo-haemothoraces, a left brachial plexus injury and multiple fractures of the left scapula. Liability was disputed from the very start. Despite this, Rakhi secured a number of interim payments, the appointment of a Case Manager from the very start and funding for large scale aids and equipment throughout the duration of the claim including a suitably adapted vehicle. The claim settled on a lump sum basis at £5.3million which included a claim for future loss of earnings, pension and lost years, future care and case management, future aids, equipment, nursing and treatment, accommodation, transport costs and assistive technology.
- A motorcyclist who sustained a serious fracture to the scaphoid and clavicle, which later developed into a brachial plexus injury, and a minor head injury. Liability was disputed on the basis that the motorcyclist was filtering at the time of the accident. Consequently, liability was tried as a preliminary issue and Judgment was secured for the Claimant on a 75/25 basis in his favour. The Claimant required surgery involving open reduction, bone grafting and internal fixation of the non-union of the clavicle and scaphoid which was later removed due to ongoing pain and discomfort. The claim settled for £120,000.
- A motorcyclist who sustained a fracture of the metacarpal joints, fracture of the clavicle, soft tissue injuries, depression and a minor head injury. Liability for the accident was not disputed. The Claimant gave up his job as a Warehouse Chargehand. The claim settled for £110,000 which included a claim for future loss of earnings and an award for handicap on open labour market.
- A motorcyclist who sustained serious injuries as a result of the third party failing to give way at a junction. The injuries involved a fractured elbow, pelvis and femur and a pneumothorax. The Claimant underwent a number of surgical procedures including nailing of the femur, open reduction/internal fixation of the right elbow and traction of the pelvic ring. Primary liability was admitted following police investigations and Rakhi was able to secure an early interim payment. A Case Manager was also appointed at the very outset of the case. The claim involved re-housing the Claimant in alternative accommodation due to the nature of his injuries making his existing flat unsuitable for his needs. With the benefit of early rehabilitation, the Claimant made an excellent recovery. The claim settled for £75,000 which included a claim for revision surgery to improve the appearance of the scarring sustained.
- A fatal collision claim where a dependency claim was brought by a minor. The final settlement was approved by a District Judge in the sum of £80,000.
An insight into Rakhi's experience:
Rakhi joined a Tier 4 Legal 500 City Centre firm in 1998, initially heading up a Costs Department. She began practising as a Personal Injury Lawyer in 2000 before qualifying as a Solicitor in January 2007, becoming an Associate in 2010 and then appointed a Partner in that firm in 2013. She joined Clear Law in 2016.
She has extensive experience in conducting claims from obtaining initial instructions, through to instructing multi-discipline experts, working with case managers and Counsel, collaborating with third parties and undertaking advocacy at Interlocutory and disposal Hearings.