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Overview

Georgina Crawford is experienced in all types of personal injury, clinical and professional negligence work, she has recently been described by a judge as “extremely thorough in cross examination and a pleasure to have in court”.

Georgina is typically instructed in catastrophic and other high value claims in the High Court, JSMs, expert and lay client conferences, and multi-track/ fast track matters in the County Court. She also has a wider common law practice ranging from inquests to defective product liability claims. Her practice is both Claimant and Defendant.

Georgina unwinds by riding her horse and going to the opera. She also enjoys running, swimming, cycling and skiing.

Clinical Negligence

Georgina’s clinical negligence practice is mainly Claimant. She has extensive experience of fatal and catastrophic injury claims. Georgina’s clinical negligence work is usually conducted in the High Court and involves conferences with and cross-examination of expert witnesses. She has acted for protected parties in brain injury claims, children in negligent delivery claims, patients in failed cholecystectomy and other failed surgery actions, and the victims of failed cosmetic and reversal procedures.

Costs

Georgina is regularly instructed to advise on and to attend summary and detailed costs assessments.

Personal Injury

Georgina’s personal injury practice is predominately high value catastrophic claims, with an emphasis on pedestrian casualties of road traffic accidents. She acts for Claimants and Defendants on an equal basis. She also appears frequently in industrial disease claims including HAVS, noise induced hearing loss, MOD claims, as well as other workplace and industrial accident claims, occupier’s liability and public liability matters. She is routinely instructed in low velocity road traffic matters involving allegations of fraud.

Credit Hire

Georgina is extremely experienced in the whole raft of credit hire arguments, and has been instructed over the years by both Claimants and Defendants. She is noted particularly for her success in mitigation arguments on both sides of the equation.

General Common Law

Georgina has considerable experience in wider common law matters including cross jurisdiction claims, holiday claims, defective product liability, defective premises, landlord and tenant matters and contractual disputes. She is also very familiar with and has a particular interest in Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal matters, and inquests.

Notable Cases

Richardson v Darnton (2017)
Georgina Crawford was successful in a fundamental dishonesty Defence, with a strike out and all costs of the action awarded to the Defendant. The claim was issued only weeks before the first instance judgment in the related claim of the driver of the vehicle, Menary v Darnton, in which Georgina also acted (and in which she successfully appealed the fundamental dishonesty issue) and was discontinued after that judgment. Georgina had the notice of discontinuance set aside and the claim immediately struck out on the grounds that it constituted an abuse of process, with no honest foundation to the claim. It was held that the factual findings made against the driver and upheld on appeal in Menary were so interlinked with the claim brought by the passenger that the court could not go behind those findings.

W (deceased) v York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2016)
Advised on an unusual claim for damages arising out of the negligently performed insertion of a peritoneal dialysis tube which led to perforation of the bowel. The claimant was suffering in any event from an underlying chronic condition but the surgery shortened his life expectancy. By a cruel twist of fate he survived longer than anticipated after the negligently performed surgery, and a result his estate was advised to contend for damages for mental anguish under the new chapter in the JC Guidelines dealing with injuries resulting in death. The claim was settled on that basis.

Menary v Darnton (2016) LTL 30/1/2017
Successful appeal on behalf of the defendant of the application of QOCS in favour of the claimant. The judgment gave a more detailed clarification of the term 'fundamental dishonesty' and also extended its reach to include enablers behind the claim. It replaces Gosling v Screwfix as the most up-to-date authority on the issue.

Sinclair v Tuppen (2015)
Acted for the Claimant pedestrian who was struck by a motor cycle in a claim involving potential contributory negligence. Settled the clam for five figures.

SY v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (2015)
Successfully appealed the refusal to make an award to the victim of a crime who intervened as a “good Samaritan” in an assault who was himself assaulted. Award of six figures is likely to be applied for.

Irving v Aviva Insurance Ltd (2015)
Secured a two thirds reduction in damages for the Defendant insurer on the basis of findings of credibility and causation in a multi track quantum only dispute.

McFerran v Zurich Insurance (2014)
Secured a five figure settlement for a Claimant suffering from a chronic pain disorder where causation was disputed.

X v Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust (2013)
Acted for the Claimant, and eventually settled a claim for negligent delivery resulting in brachial plexus injuries.

X v Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal (2013)
Obtained the increase of an award for a little girl whose mother tried to stab her to death, leaving her with permanent damage to the oesophagus and severe scarring to the torso.

Bevan v Righetti & Tesco Insurance (2012)
Successfully represented the claimant in a high court action. The claimant was a pedestrian knocked down by a van, sustaining the most severe crush fractures the orthopaedic surgeon had seen in 30 years as well as extremely serious degloving injuries which almost led to amputation.

X v Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal (2012)
Successfully appealed the refusal to make an award to the victim of a crime who was robbed at knifepoint and threatened with a gun. Award of 5 figures made.

Gascoigne v Komatsu UK Limited & Liebherr Sunderland Limited (2012)
Acted for the Claimant in his claim for vibration white finger injuries arising from years of exposure with two different employers. Causation hotly disputed until the day before trial involving material contribution arguments. Both defendants paid out in accordance with the extent of their responsibility for exposure.

X v St George's Hospital NHS Trust & Others (2011)
Acted for the Claimant in a dependency claim arising out of the death of his father as a result of a failure to diagnose an abscess in the brain. Settlement approved in the High Court.

Areas of Work

  • Clinical Negligence
  • Costs
  • Personal Injury
  • General Common Law

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Inner Temple

Publications

  • Currently a contributing editor of Atkin’s on Professional and Clinical Negligence.
  • Jurisprudence Thesis “Shakespeare and the quality of mercy in the law” (University College London Jurisprudence Review, 2005).

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