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Claimant: Dennis Spanswick, 6Incident: Pedestrian struck by passing car while crossing road
Injuries: Speech badly affected, blind in right eye, badly reduced mobility; claimant was postman said to have been well-known prior to the accident for his "prodigious memory" and knowledge of streets of Bath where he worked; said by counsel to have been turned into a "partial wreck"
Award: £400,000 (agreed damages) based on 80 per cent liability on part of defendant
Lawrance v South East London Health Authority sued as West
Lambeth Health Authority - QBD, 23 February 1996
Claimant: Heather Lawrance, 46, widow of Richard Lawrance, suing on behalf of herself and their son and daughter, aged 13 and 10
Incident: Dead man, who was 44 at time of death and a maintenance operative for the Church Commissioners, collapsed and was taken to St Thomas's Hospital, London, suffering from fractured skull and meningitis; claimed that negligence on part of hospital resulted in death
Award: £184,104 (agreed damages); Mrs Lawrance to receive £154,104 and balance to be invested for children