Helena qualified in 2004 after several years of working as a paralegal in the Personal Injury field.
She joined Oliver & Co. in September 2006 and joined the Industrial Disease Department very shortly after whilst still maintaining her involvement in Personal Injury.
handles a wide variety of cases including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), vibration white finger claims and dermatitis claims.
main area of specialism is asbestos disease and these compensation claims form the largest part of her
has settled a claim for a family who lost their father to asbestos related lung cancer.
Lung cancer claims are extremely difficult to win with a heavy burden of evidence upon the Claimant.
The deceased was a heavy smoker but Helena
was able to obtain medical evidence to support the link between his
exposure to asbestos and the development of lung cancer, and successfully obtained a significant sum for the family.
has also had successful outcomes in claims for compensation for mesothelioma and pleural thickening, caused by exposure to asbestos many years ago.
An awared of compensation was obtained for a widow who lost her
husband to mesothelioma due to his
exposure to asbestos whilst employed by Ford Motor Company
had been her
main carer but as a result of his
illness and subsequent death she
required a great deal of assistance from her
An agreement was eventually reached for a sum in excess of £200,000 which took into account the family's requirement to provide daily care and assistance to the client.
Working within an Industrial Disease Department can often be stressful, with time pressures and complex issues frequently arising, however, Helena has always enjoyed the challenge of new and different cases.
has assisted in actively developing the department by forging links with Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Lung Foundation
, together with important contacts within the field of Respiratory Medicine.
Helena believes strongly that working in the field of industrial disease, and in particular asbestos disease, is not just about processing the legal claim and winning asbestos or mesothelioma compensation, but about assisting and advising clients who are going through a difficult time.
can be contacted on 0800 058 27 37 or direct on 01244 354 650