Craig joined Ward & Rider in July 2017 having previously worked as a Solicitor specialising in accident claims litigation at a niche litigation practice in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Craig qualified as a Solicitor in September 2011 and has spent his time since then solely acting for Claimants in claims arising out of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.
Craig studied for a Law Degree (LLB) at the University of Warwick before completing his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, achieving a Distinction overall and the highest grade in the Personal Injury Elective.
Craig acts for clients in all types of personal injury claims including road traffic accident claims, accidents at work, fatal accident claims, slips and trips and occupiers’ liability claims. He has experience in dealing with high value and complicated cases including brain and spinal injury claims. He also acts for client’s who have sustained industrial injury and/or illness.
He has expertise in representing clients who have sustained injury as a result of Clinical Negligence. His experience includes acting for clients who have sustained serious injuries including brain, spinal cord and birth related injuries (including Cerebral Palsy).
Outside of work, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters. He is a keen football fan and supports Birmingham City.
His career highlights include:
- Achieving a settlement of £1,250,000 for a Claimant who developed silicosis as a result of his work as a brick cutter. The claim included claims for extensive lifelong treatment, care and loss of earnings. In addition, there was a claim for lost years due to the Claimant’s significantly reduced life expectancy.;
- Assisting in resolving a claim for £1,000,000 where a Claimant sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and epilepsy following an accident at work where the Claimant fell from height. The case involved complex areas of law relating to an event that occurred after the accident which could have impacted upon his ability to work in any event;
- Assisting in settling a claim for Professional Negligence arising out of an accident which resulted in the Claimant’s arm being amputated. The original claim was said to have been under-settled and he assisted in achieving an additional award and costs of £1,500,000;
- In a claim for a cyclist who was knocked from his bike he achieved an award in the region of £200,000. The Claimant sustained a fracture to the hip which was likely to result in osteoarthritis and a need, later if life, for a hip replacement. The Claimant also sustained extensive dental damage which would require lifelong treatment. The award included payments for the treatment that was going to be required for the rest of the Claimant’s life. Fortunately, despite the extensive injuries the Claimant was able to return to work.
- Acting for client in a clinical negligence claim following surgery for a cyst on her ovary it was identified from the histology that the surgeon had incorrectly removed part of the Claimant’s bowel. This was identified more than a week after the original surgery when the Claimant re-attended at hospital with severe illness and signs of sepsis. The injury caused led to extensive additional surgery that would have been avoided. Craig was able to negotiate a settlement in excess of £150,000.
- He acted for a client in a clinical negligence claim against a GP for a failure to identify a fractured scaphoid bone. The Claimant has been advised to move the wrist which led to further damage. The Claimant was eventually seen at hospital but by then the damage was done and she required extensive surgery and is likely to require a wrist fusion in the future. A settlement in the region of £90,000 was achieved which included payment for the future operation on a private basis.
- Achieving a settlement in excess of £100,000 for a Claimant who was injured in a tripping accident at work and subsequently went on to develop fibromyalgia;
- Representing a Claimant who was deliberately hit by a car, resulting in him sustaining a significant fracture to the ankle which required a fusion operation. The Claimant was eventually able to return to work and a settlement in excess of £110,000 was achieved;
- Representing the Estate of a woman who tragically died in a road traffic accident. He achieved a total settlement in the region of £450,000;
- Acting for a number of clients who have suffered finger amputations, in these cases he was able to obtain compensation to pay for lifelong provision of silicone finger prosthetics with settlements in excess of £100,000.
In October 2022, Craig was appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the Midlands Circuit where he now sits on a regular basis hearing the wide range of cases that appear before the County Court.