At Ison Harrison, our work in supporting charity groups and raising awareness of birth injuries is well documented. We are one of only three law firms in England and Wales recommended by the national charity the Erb’s Palsy Group, with whom we have partnered in 2017 to promote a series of fantastic events.

Specialist knowledge

Our Clinical Negligence Department deals with lots of life-changing injuries, but birth injuries such as Erb’s Palsy require not just specialist legal knowledge, but the ability to instil confidence in clients during a hugely challenging situation. The team has amply demonstrated this in several successful cases and our head of clinical negligence, James Thompson, is particularly proud of the department’s results in this area and his own status as a specialist in this field.

James is the only Erb’s Palsy Group-recommended solicitor in the north of England and he is also a trustee of Little Hiccups, a Leeds-based charity support group for families affected by special needs and life-changing birth injuries. 2017 was a big year for Ison

Harrison in terms of supporting birth injury charities. After the success of Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week earlier in the year, we supported Birth Trauma Awareness Week in August. At the same time, we highlighted a number of case studies surrounding recent birth traumas on our website.

In his position as a trustee of Little Hiccups, James Thompson attended a number of events throughout the year, always being at hand to help and advise families. This included the Little Hiccups 8th Birthday Party in July, followed by the Little Hiccups Fundraising Ball in September. Ison Harrison sponsored the event, donating some fantastic raffle prizes. The Ball was an enormous success, and our guests included Debbie Robinson, Deputy Chairperson of the Erb’s Palsy Group.

Contributing to birth injury charity events throughout the year

Our work towards Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week involved posting a Q&A on our website with the Chair of the group, Karen Hillyer, plus a series of graphics on social media designed to raise awareness and recognise families impacted by birth injury.

In September, James attended the Erb’s Palsy Group’s Family Fun Day in Wickham. This featured a whole host of activities, from arts and crafts to sailing simulators and a climbing wall. James’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and he’s already looking forward to 2018’s event.

We finished the year by teaming up with the Erb’s Palsy Group to run a Christmas Card competition in December.

The standard was extremely high and the winner, five year-old Cody Buckley, won a hamper of chocolate treats and the chance to see his own design printed on Christmas Cards. Runners-up also received cards printed with their designs, and some chocolate treats.

2017 was a busy but hugely rewarding year and we are more than ready to do it all again. We know James and the charities we support have plenty planned for 2018 so here’s to another great year of raising awareness!

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