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Spinal Cord Injury Case Study

by Shoosmiths

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Spinal Cord Injury

£2.55m award for spinal cord injury

Our client, a young married man from Milton Keynes with two children, suffered severe spinal cord injuries when his car was hit by a stolen vehicle that failed to give way at a crossroads. The driver of the stolen vehicle was later sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.

Our client suffered a fracture of the spinal cord, seven broken ribs and damage to his right shoulder which left him paraplegic and wheelchair bound for the rest of his life.

We obtained an early admission of liability and appointed a case manager to co-ordinate his rehabilitation and adaptations to his home so he could be discharged from hospital as well as modifications to his workplace to aid his return to work.

When sadly his marriage broke down we arranged the purchase of a specially adapted bungalow with space for a hydrotherapy pool that could be enjoyed by our client and his children and employed a team of carers to look after him.

We had already secured interim payments to fund the rehabilitation he required as well as the purchase of the adapted property and subsequently commissioned a team of experts to investigate his losses and took advice from senior counsel.

Acting on a No-Win-No-Fee basis throughout, our objective was to ensure he received the damages to which he was entitled and reach a fair settlement. The outcome was the award of a £2.55 million lump sum and continuing payments of £113,668 per annum for the rest of his life.