Mr A: Head Injury & Paralysis Below Waist
A middle-aged man (Mr A) who suffered a head injury and was left paralysed from the waist down due to incomplete paraplegia following a collision, received £3.5m in an out-of-court settlement.

A middle-aged man (Mr A) who suffered a head injury and was left paralysed from the waist down due to incomplete paraplegia following a collision, received £3.5m in an out-of-court settlement.

Daryl Robinson’s client had been a front-seat passenger in a car being driven by his friend when the incident occurred in 2014. Although not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, Daryl and the team were able to secure primary liability against the driver. As a result of the tragic incident, Mr A needs lifelong round-the-clock specialist care.

After careful selection of medical and non-medical legal experts, including accommodation and care experts, we obtained interim funding from the Defendant insurers for loss of earnings, care and medical treatment including a rehabilitation programme at the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital. In time, we also secured an interim payment to purchase a bungalow via our property team. Under the guidance of a project manager, a sizable extension and adaptations to the property were approved by the local authority planning department.

Mr A continues to suffer ongoing neuropathic pain as well as multiple complications connected to his spinal cord injuries. Having previously enjoyed a career in Engineering, Mr A is now totally dependent on others for all aspects of his daily living. Under the guidance of a case manager, he now has a team of dedicated and highly trained day and night carers specialising in the care of spinal injury patients alongside the services of a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.

Barr Ellison engaged in a corroborative approach with the insurers in order to secure early access to the right level of care and accommodation for Mr A, as well as obtaining a settlement to safeguard his long-term future. Our Trusts & Estates Team also set up a Personal Injury Trust to safeguard his DWF benefits.

Miss B: Serious Brain Injury & Incomplete Paraplegia
A young single parent left with a serious brain injury and incomplete paraplegia from the chest down when she was a passenger in a car that lost control and rolled over several times, has settled her claim for more than £6.4 million plus provisional damages.

Miss B: Brain Injury & Incomplete Paraplegia
A young single parent left with a serious brain injury and incomplete paraplegia from the chest down when she was a passenger in a car that lost control and rolled over several times, has settled her claim for more than £6.4 million plus provisional damages.

A young single parent left with a serious brain injury and incomplete paraplegia from the chest down when she was a passenger in a car that lost control and rolled over several times, has settled her claim for more than £6.4 million plus provisional damages.

Miss B was a front seat passenger and whilst there were initial suggestions that she was not wearing a seatbelt, expert evidence quashed this and Miss B received 100% compensation.

This was a truly horrific incident, in which Miss B tragically sustained a catastrophic spinal injury that will require life-long 24 hour care. Daryl secured an early interim payment in order to get specialised care in place as soon as possible, as well as providing financial support for other members of her family providing care. Additionally, a Personal Injury Trust was set up by the Trusts & Estates Team to safeguard Miss B’s DWF benefits.

Because Miss B’s original home was completely unsuitable, following discharge from hospital, Daryl and the team rented a bungalow on a two-year contract. This permitted Miss B to live to the best of her ability with home therapies and sufficient accommodation for her family and carers. This was paid for by means of a significant interim payment from the insurers. Daryl also secured funding for a case manager and a number of therapists to provide physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support. Daryl and the team also introduced medical experts in the fields of neurology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, orthopaedic, endocrinology, a chest physician plus a world-renowned spinal surgeon. It was also necessary to obtain the services of a care expert and an accommodation expert so that the final settlement would cover Miss B’s long-term care, housing and financial needs.

The settlement was agreed in the form of a lump sum of £6.4 million less the interim payments of over £300,000 already received. Daryl also secured a Provisional Damages Court Order that will allow her to claim further compensation in the event of a serious deterioration for conditions such as epilepsy due to the head injury or syringomyelia of the spinal cord.

“It is clear that no amount of compensation can make up for what Miss B and her family have been through in recent years,” said Daryl. “However it does ensure that Miss B will receive the best quality of care in the future, and can concentrate on playing a leading role in bringing up her children and learning to live with her disability without fears over her financial security and continue to play a leading role in bringing up her children.”

The firm’s Trusts & Estates Team also assisted Miss B in producing a suitable Will. The Family Law Team addressed Miss B’s child custody application.

For more information and advice, call 01223 417200 (Parkside office) or 01223 411315 (Addenbrooke’s* office).

Barr Ellison supports the invaluable work undertaken by the Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust. We will not accept instructions to pursue claims against Addenbrooke’s or any part of the NHS.

Personal Injury Team

Mark Copley

Mark Copley Personal Injury Lawyer

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Emma Truin

Emma Truin Head of Personal Injury

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Daryl Robinson

Daryl Robinson Personal Injury Lawyer

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Christine Dyson

Christine Dyson Solicitor, Court of Protection

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Robert Curry

Robert Curry Litigation Solicitor & Managing Partner

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Call 01223 417200 and ask for the Personal Injury Team