Litigation Personal Injury 19/03/96

Day v 266 Operations Battery Royal Artillery and Brandon Hire – QBD (sitting in Bristol) 11 March 1996

Claimant: Andrew Day, 28

Incident: Claimant was attending Territorial Army ball and fell from bouncy castle

Injuries: Neck broken; paralysis below waist and right upper limbs; settlement takes into account loss of earnings as garden centre manager (claimant unlikely to work ever again);

Award: £950,00 (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice Rougier Plaintiff's solicitors: Osborne Clarke (Bristol)

Spanswick v Savage – QBD, 7 March 1996

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

Judge: Mr Justice Steel

Plaintiff's solicitors: Simpson Millar (London)

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

Judge: Mr Justice Gage

Plaintiff's solicitors: Addison Madden (Portsmouth)

Boyes Turner & Burrows would like to point out that it acted for the plaintiff in Hawksford v Ministry of Defence – QBD 5 February 1996 not Offenbach & Co as appeared in The Lawyer 5 March.