Forensic accounting in personal injury, clinical negligence and loss of dependency

Investigating a personal injury claim or case can be a complicated process; it requires a thorough understanding of the parties and business involved, projection of earnings or profits if there is a business and many other factors. This may all sound complicated (and in most situations it is!) but an experienced expert accountant will have no difficulty investigating these matters and presenting them in a logical way, by using simple language that can be understood by the informed layman i.e. lawyers and judges.

How Chris can help

Chris has acted in many scores of cases over the last 30 years, for claimants and dependants, and for defendant insurers and claims managers. He has given expert evidence on PI cases at least 25 times, and has found it particularly rewarding meeting the family dependants of fatal accidents including mesothelioma.

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Chris’s experience

Chris’s experience is best illustrated by the fact that for many years, up to the death of David Kemp QC, he contributed two chapters to the Kemp & Kemp seminal work “The Quantum of Damages”. His chapter on quantification of loss of income for the self-employed and family company director is particularly apposite. This, now out of print, is available free on request.

Chris is rated as a 1st class expert by APIL.

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Speak to Chris about your case

Chris offers an initial review with no obligation, so you can find out more about the value that he can add to your case before you commit to instruct him. This is without charge on all but the largest cases. If he feels his involvement is not needed in your particular case, he’ll let you know. So it costs you nothing to find out if Chris can help.

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What’s Involved

It matters not to Chris whether someone has been knocked down by a motor vehicle or suffered from a careless surgeon’s knife; if that person has had a personal injury or suffered from clinical negligence so that they can’t work again, or they have reduced earning capacity, he works out (in a report to be presented to the court) how much, in his opinion, that person would have earned but for their injuries.

For fatal accidents, the process is the same except that, once he has established how much the deceased would have earned for the rest of his life, he can work out what his living expenses would have been, or whether the conventional proportion under Harris -v- Empress Motors [1983] 3 All ER 561 should apply.

Choose the right expert

There are many complicated questions that come up during a personal injury claim and so it is important to have a specialist on board who can provide the answers and a comprehensive report to allow the court to make a clear decision.

Why Chris?

Personal injury, clinical negligence and fatal accident claims are just some of many cases that Chris has had experience with.

For an example of his unconventional but effective approach, see the personal injury case study: The Human Dynamo – “Buy Him a Man”