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"Ben is go-to counsel for complex liability disputes; calm and composed, but will fight ferociously when required."
Legal 500 2023
Ben Rodgers is a personal injury and clinical negligence specialist.
He has expertise in maritime accidents, insolvent defendants / insurance cover, accidents abroad, companies/insolvency, mental capacity, quantum in serious and fatal injury claims, limitation, assaults, psychiatric injury claims and road traffic insurance.
Ben uses French (B2) and Serbian/Croatian (A2).
Much of Ben’s work in this area involves unpicking the details of complex construction site and industrial accidents, frequently involving workers who cannot give instructions in English. He knows his way around RTA liability and insurance. He is familiar with claims having a pain / fibromyalgia aspect. Much of his time is taken up with advising and drafting schedules of loss in claims worth £250,000 to £1.5m and he has advised on aspects of much higher-value claims.
S v. Tubb and MIB
very high value brain injury claim; advising on service on insolvent overseas insurer
B v. (1) Khalid Massood (2) MIB
psychiatric injury to bus driver caught up in the 2017 Westminster attack; service on terrorist’s estate
Offord v. Royal Mail
postperson bitten by dog, owner uninsured, claim against employer for poor training and equipment
Semaca v. Willmot Dixon
construction site accident, Romanian claimant, ankle injury
Sandford Lieberson v. Dominte, Pointon and Sabre Insurance
liability of insurer for Uber passenger opening car door
Ben has a busy practice advising on cross-border personal injury litigation, and lectures on jurisdiction, choice of law and limitation. Recent cross-border cases include:
Claims by BP employees arising out of attack on Algerian gas facility
Claim in England under Portuguese law against uninsured English owner of Algarve villa
Brain injury sustained by English professional footballer in car being driven in South Africa by English driver
Having once been a moderately capable seaman Ben takes an interest in accidents at sea.
Limitation claim arising out of catastrophic injuries to family members on canal boat: costs of dispute between claimants to the fund
Defending claim against shore-based recruiter by cable-layer plough driver claiming to be employee
Claim by powerboat driver injured off Mumbai during a race
North Sea ferry steward injured participating in an unnecessary evacuation exercise
Claims by stevedores against the Ports of Felixstowe and Southampton, and against Maersk
Ben also accepts instructions in clinical negligence cases, and has long experience of representing bereaved families at inquests. Recent examples of work in this area include:
Pintilie v. Basildon NHSFT
maternal death in labour due to failure to infuse blood clotting products
Death of dialysis patient who was discharged with dangerous hypertension and cerebral aneurysm
Diathermy probe negligently causing burn to ureter during private gynaecological surgery
Failure to diagnose slipped upper femoral epiphysis leading to hip replacement at age 17
Failure to diagnose cancer
claim against private histopathology department
Ben applies his knowledge of the common law and of civil procedure to help with a wide range of civil disputes, with examples of recent work including:
Trial of claim by commercial landlord for miscalculated water charges
Defence to claim under Equality Act 2010 against well-known online money transfer business; defence of “information society service provider” led to claim being discontinued
Trial of £90,000 computer services contract dispute
Trial of £20,000 claim for monies owed pursuant to agreement terminating a partnership in a restaurant
Advising on neighbour dispute where opponent had obtained £80,000 default judgment
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