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Defendant's solicitors: Post Office legal department
Dixon v Grieveson - QBD 7 July 199Claimant: Barbara Dixon, 5Accident: Pedestrian knocked over by car
Injuries: Severe closed head injury, fractures of left clavicle, comminuted fractures of pubic rami, fracture of neck of left fibula, lacerations to scalp and left eyebrow, multiple abrasions to left leg. Cranial scan revealed left frontal and temporal lobe contusions. Left frontal craniotomy with partial left frontal and left temporal lobectomies carried out to treat haematomas. Left with permanent serious memory impairment and is dysphasic, has suffered number of grand mal fits and has to take anti-epileptic medication. Continues to suffer dizziness and unsteadiness on feet, easily depressed and suffers from anxiety and difficulty performing many everyday tasks. Permanently unfit for work, unable to go out alone - husband gave up work to look after her.
Award: £350,000 structured settlement
Judge: Mr Justice May
Plaintiff's solicitors: Cunningham John & Co (Thetford)
Defendant's solicitors: Hewitson Beche & Shaw
Hearn v Barking, Havering and Brentwood Health Authority - QBD 7 July 1995
Claimant: Paul Leslie Hearn, 4Accident: Failure to diagnose Beurgers disease during treatment for leg injury received in motorcycle accident in Crete
Injuries: Plaintiff, a self-employed roofer, said to have suffered three months of unnecessary pain and worry before conditions correctly diagnosed. Finally underwent below-knee amputation of right leg and two further operations for revision of stump and skin graft. Permanently unable to return to pre-injury occupation, unable to play pre-injury sports of squash and tennis, difficulty with mobility
Award: £91,811 agreed damages
Judge: Mr DA Poole QC sitting as deputy judge
Plaintiff's solicitors: Taylor Joynson Garrett (London)