Litigation Personal Injury 02/07/96

Stewart v Elsden – QBD 12 June 1996

Claimant: Thomas Stewart, 6Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Pedestrian knocked down crossing the road; now left in persistent vegetative state

Award: £55,000 (agreed damages) based on claimant being 80 per cent liable for the accident

Judge: Judge Michael Harvey QC (sitting as additional judge of the High Court)

Plaintiff's solicitors: Fancy & Jackson, Camberley

Plaintiff's counsel: Keith Morton

Williams v Jones – QBD 14 June 1996

Claimant: Danielle Williams, 2Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Pedestrian knocked down in country lane; major head injuries: three years intensive rehabilitation; has managed to recover her own independence; no longer confined to wheelchair and able to study at non-disabled college; however, never likely to be able to earn her own living

Award: £1.175 million (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice Gage

Plaintiff's solicitors: Greenhouse Stirton & Co

Plaintiff's counsel: Robert Glancy

Garofalo v Burridge – QBD 11 June 1996

Claimant: Vincent Garofalo, 55

Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Claimant in head-on collision in which driver of other vehicle died; devastating head injuries leaving him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life; will never be capable of managing his own affairs again

Award: £1,507,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Judge Hordern QC (sitting as judge of the High Court)

Plaintiff's solicitors: Stewarts

Plaintiff's counsel: Christopher Wilson-Smith QC