Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Why I became a personal injury lawyer

Lisa Guscott

Lisa Guscott

APIL Senior Litigator

Watkins & Gunn, Newport

"My daughter had a terrible accident. I know that things could have been so different and if she had been left with life-changing injuries I would have wanted someone to fight for her to try to put things right, at least financially."

I always wanted to be a lawyer but I didn't really consider which area of law until my daughter, Morgan, was dragged up the outside of an escalator in a department store and fell 30 feet onto a hard floor below. The emergency stop button at the foot of the escalator was faulty. If it had not been, she would not have fallen anywhere near as far. She suffered three skull fractures, bleeding to the brain and was in a coma on life support during what was the most horrific time of my life. I didn't know if my little girl would survive, and if she did survive it was unclear whether she would be left with brain damage, and if so to what extent. I am pleased to say she is now 24 years old and is a very active happy young lady with no lasting effects of her injuries. In fact, she doesn't even remember it. I, however, will never forget that day and I understand when people are traumatised as a result of needless accidents. I know that things could have been so different and if Morgan had been left with life changing injuries I would have wanted someone to fight for her to try to put things right, at least financially. It was after Morgan had recovered that I decided to go to university and start the long road to becoming a personal injury lawyer.

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