Christalla is a highly skilled and effective senior serious injury solicitor, based in Thompsons’ Solicitors London office.
Christalla has 22 years’ legal experience, and has spent the past six handling serious injury claims for trade union clients involved in road traffic accidents or accidents at work, winning them millions of pounds in compensation. Serious injuries can be life-changing and catastrophic, such as brain damage, spinal injuries, amputations, paraplegia, serious multiple orthopaedic damage, internal organ injuries, and fatalities.
A tenacious litigator, Christalla uses her considerable legal skills and expertise in this area to fight for the rights of her clients in the High Court, succeeding in winning compensation in the most difficult, challenging and hard-fought cases. Christalla knows the right questions to ask in gathering information from police, employers and other organisations.
Christalla actively and compassionately supports her clients and their families right through from the early stages of recovery, making sure that the best possible medical advice and treatment is available. With access to highly-regarded experts who can assess the long-term needs of clients, Christalla negotiates specialist treatment, residential rehabilitation, including occupational therapy and psychotherapy, interim payments and helps with referrals to relevant agencies.
Christalla’s clients benefit from her dedication and commitment to leave no stone unturned to prove liability and secure enough in compensation to cover long-term treatment, adaptations to homes and other aids to help them rebuild their lives or make them comfortable.
Working for Thompsons, with its focus on only helping the injured party and its access to the top experts gives Christalla huge job satisfaction.
To unwind, Christalla enjoys yoga, theatre, running and baking.
CHRISTALLA’S CASE EXPERIENCE
PCS member, Ms A, a Department of Work and Pensions employee, slipped awkwardly at work, suffering chronic regional pain syndrome as a result of her injuries. Virtually incapacitated, she was unable to work and needed help in looking after her baby and child. A relative had to come over from abroad to give her 24-hour care. Christalla took on her case and secured £3.6 million in compensation – one of the highest level of damages for chronic regional pain syndrome.
UNISON member, Mr F, suffered brain damage, leaving him in a coma for several days, when he was hit by a car. Unable to carry on working, Christalla acted for him, negotiating early specialist rehabilitation to help with his treatment. Christalla was successful in winning a six-figure sum for Mr F in compensation for his injuries and his curtailed working life.
Unite member, Mr N, a lift engineer, was fatally electrocuted at work. Christalla stepped in and, acting for Mr N’s widow, she represented during the Coroner’s inquest and finally secured compensation of £300,000.
UNISON member, Mr P, was cycling when a car hit him, resulting in severe and traumatic injury to his brain. Mr P spent seven days in intensive care where he had a craniotomy and a lobectomy. H lost his sense of smell and taste and developed epilepsy as a result of his injuries. Christalla worked for him and secured compensation award of £165,000.
Christalla supports her local Headway Group at Headway East London. She is also a member of the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.