Serious brain injury in road accident - Case Study
We have successfully recovered damages for a young man who sustained significant
and devastating injuries in an accident whilst
travelling as a passenger in his friend’s motor car.
Our client had been out with his friend and was travelling as a front seat passenger
travelling home after a night out. The driver of the vehicle
lost control causing the car to leave the road and overturn. As a result
of the incident, our client suffered fractures
to his skull, injuries to his face, arms and
legs. He was left with a wide range of symptoms including poor balance,
loss of concentrating, loss of peripheral vision, facial numbness, loss of sense
of smell and reduced hearing. In addition, our client suffered brain injury
resulting in cognitive dysfunction resulting in a weakness in processing
information, visual memory and impaired executive functioning and behavioural disturbance.
The injuries were devastating for our client who was, at that time, attending college
to complete his A levels. As a result of the injuries, he was unable to complete
When we received instructions we were able to contact the insurers speedily and
to arrange a series of interim payments allowing our client to
undergo rehabilitation at a specialist brain injury unit
and our client underwent treatment and rehabilitation with the aid of the interim
payments received over a 6 month period which helped him come to terms with his
injuries and to re-adjust and consider living independently. Our client fortunately
has now been able to come to terms with his injury and now has moved into his own
property living independently. He is currently undertaking part-time employment.
The case was concluded with the advice and assistance of a number of experts
who include experts in relation to brain injury and neuropsychology, rehabilitation,
employment and nursing experts together with educational experts. We
also had advice and assistance from a number of specialist experts as to the equipment
our client would require in the future to enable him to live independently and the
cost of specialist accommodation and care and assistance for the future.
The case settled on a full liability basis with an overall value of £1,300,000
damages plus all legal costs to be met by the drivers insurers. The case
demonstrates the need for ongoing rehabilitation and care throughout the conduct
of the claim to assist an injured client to come to terms with the injury and to
achieve some degree of independence following what was a devastating accident for
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