Serious injury lawyer elected chair of Spinal Injuries Association

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Serious injury lawyer elected chair of Spinal Injuries Association

1st November 2011

A lawyer who was spinally injured as a teenager has been elected to the position of Chair of the Spinal Injuries Association’s board of trustees.

Jonathan Fogerty, a serious injury specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, has taken up the role foran initial one year period.

“The Spinal Injuries Association is the national organisation working in the interests of people who live with spinal cord injury,” said Jonathan, 38. “The SIA represents all those who are affected by spinal cord injury, including the family and friends of the individual, and does so regardless of how the impairment occurred and whether or not it has resulted in full or partial paralysis,” he said.

Jonathan has been a member of the charity’s board of trustees for ten years. He is a keen advocate of equal rights, regularly attends schools across the country to speak to children about disability and spinal injuries as part of their PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) classes, and has recently been helping experts at Warwick University Medical School design and produce a new spinal immobilisation system, for use with trauma patients who have suspected or actual spinal cord damage.

“In my work as a solicitor, I have dealt with many cases over the years where people have suffered serious and life changing spinal injuries,” said Jonathan. “We can only recover financial compensation for clients where serious and life-changing spinal injuries have been sustained as a result of someone else’s fault, but the SIA is on hand to provide vital advice and support to everyone, no matter how or when their injury has come about,” he said.

“This can make a huge difference to those people and their families when trying to come to terms with what has happened and moving forward. I am delighted to have been nominated and elected to this position, and hope that in these challenging economic times I can help move the SIA forward,” said Jonathan.

If you would like to speak to Jonathan about attending a school or community group to speak about spinal cord injury, please contact him on 0844 893 6768 or e-mail jonathan.fogerty@fentons.co.uk