Daniel Bennett

d.bennett@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Call

2000
Daniel Bennett
Profile

Daniel acts for hundreds of claimants in personal injury cases every year. The largest part of his practice is workplace injury claims. He is the Editor of Munkman on Employer's Liability (14th and 15th Editions). He is the author of each of the chapters on the six pack regulations, on RSI and on hazardous substances. He lectures regularly on workplace injury topics.


He has a large occupational disease practice involving asbestos, HAVS, RSI, asthma, allergy, dermatitis, NIHL and infectious agents (bacteria and viruses). He takes on many occupational cancer cases each year, with many settlements. He also acts for many injured claimants in public liability, consumer and environment claims. He is in Court regularly on all manner of PI cases before District, Circuit and High Court judges. He has an extensive paperwork practice and is committed to prompt turnaround of papers. As a former solicitor, he is well aware of the needs of solicitors for good service from their counsel.

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

Daniel's clinical negligence practice began with cases involving hospital acquired infections, principally MRSA and C-difficile. He has now settled in excess of 50 such cases with many more underway. He acts on a CFA basis in most of these claims and provides pro bono advice to MRSA support groups.

Daniel has had a considerable amount of experience of cases involving defective medical devices. Successful cases have included defective hip prostheses, electric blankets, latex gloves and surgical instruments. He has also acted often for patients suffering allergic reactions to products, hospital foods and medicines. In addition to this Daniel acts regularly in more traditional clinical negligence cases involving negligent surgical treatment and aftercare. He is interested in claims concerning the death of or abuse of elderly patients.

Product Liability and Group Actions

Prior to his conversion, Daniel practiced as a solicitor with a product liability and occupational disease caseload. He continues to act in many product based injury cases both single party and multi party. He has been involved in some major drug and medical device product liability litigation both as a junior and as sole counsel. He has a number of ongoing cases of mixed product liability / clinical negligence, where medical product manufacturers and surgeons seek to blame each other.

Human Rights

For many years Daniel has provided free legal advice to groups campaigning on consumer, environment and workers' rights. He acts in many Town Green applications concerning open spaces threatened with development. He has acted many times for protestors subjected to civil injunction. He has a long standing interest in the role of corporations in society and has written and lectured on the subject.

Memberships

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Action Against Medical Accidents

Personal Injury Bar Association

Western Circuit

Publications

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