Pankaj is fast becoming a recognised leading name with specialist expertise in brain injury, Severe limb injury and high value CRPS claims. He attracts a loyal and ever increasing following. He represents both claimants and defendants usually only in high value life-changing and catastrophic injury cases He is from a medical family and has an excellent understanding of medical issues. Renowned for his meticulous eye for detail and sensitive client approach, he is described as having “wide-ranging expertise’ including ‘brain injuries, chronic pain and psychiatric injuries” in Legal 500 2015. Pankaj is routinely instructed nationally by leading firms. and He frequently confers with severely injured claimants at their convenience. He is sought after by insurers too and adopts a team approach with the insurer and solicitor.
Pankaj has a “paperless” practice and welcomes instructions in entirely electronic (PDF) format or paper as of the Solicitors choice, which are scanned electronically and dealt with securely. This results in better use of fixed or budgeted costs and enhanced security. He is a Deputy District Judge and has considerable expertise in costs management of high value cases for both claimants and defendants.
He is experienced in claims of the utmost severity exceeding £2 million.
His areas of expertise include:
- Brain injury both of the utmost severity and subtle
- Chronic and serious limb injuries with actual or potential amputation
- Hyper-extension flexion injuries leading to chronic pain syndrome, or exacerbating pre-existing conditions such as fibromyalgia and joint hypermobility syndrome
- Unusual Psychiatric Injury e.g. Somatisation Disorder and Hysterical Conversion Syndrome
- Fatal accidents
Pankaj is also a national lecturer in Personal Injury and is on the CLT (Wilmington Group) panel of lecturers. He has been guest lecturer at the Royal Society of Medicine on the subject Chronic Pain and CRPS and at the Peterhouse Annual Medico-legal Conference in Cambridge. He is due to lecture to the British Pain Society in Birmingham in May 2017.
A v B – Successfully secured a settlement of around £2.2m at JSM for a catastrophically injured Claimant in his late 50’s. The Claimant had been substantially brain damaged, profoundly affecting his speech. He also suffered upper and lower limb injuries which affected his mobility.
C v D – Acting as sole counsel (no QC) for a high net worth motor-biker with profound brain injuries as a result of a road traffic accident with a car. Claim settled for £1.2m – provisional and contingent on their not being an amputation in future.
L – Acting for a brain damaged motorbiker with severe lower and upper limb injuries.
R – Acting for the Defendant (no QC) against Leading Counsel in a Complex alleged brain injury case still ongoing where the claimant was struck in an accident at work. Likely claim in excess of £2m.
D – Acting for the Claimant in a severe case of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome arising out of a modest RTA. The case illustrates the importance of provisional damages in CRPS cases due to the risk of spreading. £550,000 provisional damages settlement.
M – Acting for the Defendant insurers at an early stage in an alleged CRPS case with a likely claim of over £1m.
H– Acting (with Leader) for a profoundly brain injured young man. Offer of over £2m rejected to date.
R – (2017) acting for a profoundly brain injured man (no Leader as yet). Likely claim in excess of £5m
G – (2015 on) Acting for the Claimant, with Leader in a case with a value of at least £7m capitalised. Liability in dispute