£3M FOR A SERIOUS HEAD INJURY

Our client was a 19 year old passenger in an uninsured car, the driver of which lost control at speed on a motorway. He was thrown from the vehicle and suffered a serious head injury which required many months of post-traumatic amnesia and complex brain surgery.  He developed recurrent infections, and unfortunately was left with serious emotional, behavioural and cognitive issues.

Despite attempting to do so our client was unable to return to further education, and he became demotivated and his lifestyle disordered. Because the vehicle was uninsured it was necessary to direct the claim to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.

When we took over the case from previous solicitors there was no structured case management support in place and no active rehabilitation for the client. We arranged medical and other therapeutic assessments and support, counselling and case management, as well as personal help with daily living activities to maintain a level of independence.

Following a first, inadequate offer of £600,000 to settle the claim, we obtained a number of substantial interim payments to set up and maintain the support network, and the client was able gradually to return to independent but supported living in his own chosen home. A range of expert reports was obtained covering all aspects of his difficulties with recommendations to improve the quality of his life.

Once the position was settled enough to plan constructively for the future, Court approval for a settlement of £3,000,000 for his lifetime needs. It also ensured there was cover for professional advice from a Deputy authorised by the Court of Protection to look after his financial affairs, which has handled by Helen Calcutt, the Head of Private Client at Metcalfes.