Sample of litigation in 2020, concluded or ongoing (Claimant & Defendant):
- W v T. 48 year old motorcyclist suffered paraplegia following accident. Contributory negligence in play. Damages of £4.5 million.
- M v S. Below knee amputation following accident to 50 year old motorcyclist. Damages of £2 million
- Re P. 28 year old motorcyclist with significant lower limb injuries. Salvage surgery of little benefit. Through knee amputation anticipated at some point. Damages of £1.58 million.
- AB v EFG. Significant brain injury to 55 year old cyclist knocked off his bike at a roundabout. Was not wearing a cycle helmet. Damages of £1.56 million
- P v M. Significant lower limb injury to 24 year old motorcyclist. Damages of £958,000
- ABC v GHI. Claimant passenger suffered significant brain damage in car driven into a tree by driver, the latter dying. Both parties intoxicated and alleged to have conspired to buy drugs. Ex turpi causa defence advanced. Led on liability issue by Stephen Grime, QC. Damages of £750,000
- H v A. Significant spinal and other orthopaedic injuries to 28 year old motorcyclist. Liability apportioned. Loss of career in RAF. Damages of £750,000
- M v P. Collision as Defendant motorist drifted across into Claimant’s carriageway. Defendant died following subarachnoid haemorrhage. Issue as to whether it was spontaneous, pre collision, or post traumatic. Automatism defence. Claimant suffers significant lower limb injury. Damages £650,000
- C v F. Female pedestrian, at outset of acting career, suffered serious orthopaedic injury and facial scarring. Atypical career progression analysis. Damages of £320,000
Accident at work
- Grenfell Fire: Personal injury claims of senior fire officers (ongoing)
- VW v Royal Mail. Brain injury following accident at work. Short life expectation. Damages of £757,000
- Re: MM. Suicide resulting from stress at work. Liability disputed. Damages of £250,000
- P v MJL. Labourer on construction site lost control of petrol powered saw. Trans humeral amputation followed. Liability contested (ongoing)
- E v S. E knocked unconscious by falling scaffold. Issue as to extent of symptoms associated with brain damage. Fundamental dishonesty alleged. Listed for trial.
- M v Boots: Electrocution injury leading to vestibular disturbance. Fundamental dishonesty alleged. To be listed for trial.
- GG v CC. 68 year old with advanced Parkinson’s disease fell from parapet wall outside property, suffering spinal injury. Liability disputed. When discharged from hospital, C was paraplegic. Short life expectation. Damages of £425,000
- Ovu v LUL. Claimant alighted from night tube and walked into a non public area of station. Fell from external staircase to his death. Listed for trial.
Reported cases include:
- Higgs v. Pickles  PIQR P15: Application of Ogden tables.
- Johnson v. Chesterfield & Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust [22.05.09, High Court]: Interim payments
- White v. Lidl UK  EWHC 871 (On definition of a “secondary victim”).
- Carruthers v. MP Fireworks  Lawtel AC0112670 (Control of expert evidence).
- Chambers v. Excel Logistics  EWCA 1031 (Acceleration periods & approaches to calculation of future loss of earnings’ claims).
Other notable cases:
- MNO v MOD – Settlement of £4.95 million for young soldier who suffered severe brain injury & multiple orthopaedic injuries following parachute training jump
- PPP v RRR – Settlement of £6.75 million capital sum & PPOs of £120,000 for child brain injured in a road traffic accident, when only 4 months old