Litigation Personal Injury 11/11/97

Collings v Nottingham Health Authority – QBD 20 October 1997

Claimant: Alexander Collings, 1Incident: Medical negligence

Injuries: Claimant suffered cerebral palsy as result of oxygen starvation at birth. Liability admitted by health authority. Despite disability, claimant is described as a bright boy who enjoys school. He will always need support but court told there is a 'realistic possibility' he will one day be able to establish himself in his own home and live independently. Life expectancy put at near normal.

Award: £1.4m, agreed damages

Judge: Mr Justice Butterfield

Plaintiff's counsel: Ruth Downing

Plaintiff's solicitors: Ashton Bond Gigg

Easton v Ferraro – QBD 15 October 1997

Claimant: Caroline Easton, 37

Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Claimant, a former Metropolitan police inspector, suffered spinal injuries in car crash. Injuries rendered her incapable of running or playing games with her children. She attempted to continue with light duties in the police but pain finally forced her to abandon her career. Her back still gives her trouble.

Award: £130,000, agreed damages

Judge: Judge Graham Jones

Plaintiff's counsel: Brian Gallagher

Plaintiff's solicitors: Russell Jones & Walker

Shed v Betticare – QBD 14 October 1997

Claimant: Anne Shed, 55

Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Claimant, a mother of two, sustained fractured skull after car in which she was passenger collided with another in July 1991. Liability admitted but case initially contested on quantum. Consideration being given to part of damages being paid into structured investment fund.

Award: £350,000, agreed damages

Judge: Mr Justice Alliott

Plaintiff's counsel: Stephen Miller QC, Sarah Lambert

Plaintiff's solicitors: Batchelors, Bromley