Litigation Personal Injury 11/02/97

Beadle v Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority – QBD 20 January 1997

Claimant: Wai San Beadle

Incident: Medical negligence

Injuries: Widow's claim over death of husband. Marcel Beadle, 40, underwent surgery to reduce obesity, but complications which followed resulted in his death. Liability and causation admitted. Dead man's daughter who was four at time of her father's death to receive £15,000.

Award: £150,000 agreed damages

Judge: Mr Justice Buckley

Counsel for plaintiff: David Richardson

Solicitors for plaintiff: Charles Russell

Fox v Ministry of Defence – QBD 20 January 1997

Claimant: Terence Fox, 2Incident: Road traffic accident during military exercise

Injuries: Claimant, a former sailor, suffered head injuries in road accident during a training exercise in north Africa after vehicle he was travelling in plunged into ditch. Prior to accident he had prospects of successful career with either the Royal Navy or the Royal Marines. Severe head injuries, which included fractures of the skull resulted in significant brain damage. Claimant was unconscious for two months and now has major physical and psychological disabilities. He now suffers from right-sided paralysis, poor balance, disturbance of speech, impairment of memory and personality changes. Prior to accident he had been an exceptional rugby player but had chosen the services rather than rugby as a career. Liability had been admitted.

Award: £1 million agreed damages

Judge: Judge John Griffith-Williams QC

Counsel for plaintiff: Peter Andrews QC

Solicitors for plaintiff: Philip Hamer & Co, Hull

Wogan v Hatton – QBD 14 January 1997

Claimant: Mary Wogan, Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Pedestrian, a spinster, knocked down by a van and received a fractured skull and brain damage. She is now classified as incapable of managing her own affairs and is in residential care but supported by her family.

Award: £315,000 agreed damages

Judge: Mr Justice Butterfield

Counsel for plaintiff: Richard Davies QC

Solicitors for plaintiff: Shoosmiths & Harrison