Litigation Personal Injury 21/05/96

Riley v Beacon – QBD 7 May 1996

Claimant: Janet Riley, 47

Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, a former hairdresser, underwent treatment as private patient at AMI Childern Hospital in September 1990 and January 1991; she had been referred to hospital with pain in her back and right leg and treatment was recommended; contended treatment unnecessary and only served to worsen her condition; she is now confined to wheelchair

Award: £950,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice French

Plaintiff's solicitors: Pannone Pritchard & Englefield

(London)

Hamilton v The Post Office – QBD 8 May 1996

Claimant: Marc Hamilton, 35

Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Multiple fractures; whiplash injury; claimant forced to take medical retirement from his job with the Post Office

Award: £77,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Kenneth Zucker QC

Plaintiff's solicitors: Simpson Millar, London

Day v Coetzee – QBD 8 May 1996

Claimant: Gina Day, 31

Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Claimant a back seat car passenger who received serious skull fracture when car in which she was travelling struck kerb, ploughed into grass bank and tree before coming to rest on its roof; claimant to bear 10 per cent of blame for injuries for failing to wear a seat belt

Award: £75,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice McKinnon

Plaintiff's solicitors: Field Fisher Waterhouse