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Injuries: Claimant suffered brain damage when his car collided with a heavy goods vehicle in April 1994. Other driver was convicted of careless driving. Claimant suffered personality change and his marriage has broken up. Once a microlight instructor, he has had his licence withdrawn by the Civil Aviation Authority
Injuries: Claimant suffered spinal injuries when he fell asleep at the wheel of his van and crashed in April 1992. He claimed that his employers made him work a 15-hour shift and that loss of concentration was foreseeable. The one-time Buckinghamshire rugby team player is now confined to a wheelchair
Award: £500,000 agreed damages
Judge: Deputy Judge Aylen QC
Plaintiff's counsel: Christopher Wilson-Smith QC
Plaintiff's solicitor: Stewarts, London
O'Reilly & ors v Maybury QBD 21 January 1998
Claimants: Gemma O'Reilly, 16, Katrina O'Reilly, 38 and David O'Reilly, 3Incident: Road traffic acci dent
Injuries: Teenage claimant's sister and daughter of adult claimants were killed when hit by a car on 5 November 1994. The family were on their way to a firework display. The driver pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention. The sister suffered nightmares and her school work deteriorated. She has now made a full recovery. Her parents suffered nightmares and mood swings, and needed counselling. Her mother has recovered and her father has made a 50 per cent recovery
Award: £45,000 agreed damages to Gemma O'Reilly. Undisclosed agreed damages to parents
Judge: Deputy Judge Stewart Boyd QC
Plaintiffs' counsel: Robert Sherman
Plaintiffs' solicitor: Cunningham John & Co, Thetford