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Maxwell v Bray (1999) QBD (HH Judge MacDuff QC) 8 February 1999
Plaintiff: Male, married, 34 years old at date of accident; 40 years old at date of trial.
Incident: The plaintiff received damages for fractures, a contusion and a soft-tissue injury sustained in a road traffic accident. He was severely handicapped and had difficulty taking part in activities he enjoyed before the accident, and eventually lost his job due to the time taken off work while recovering from his injuries.
Injuries: The plaintiff sustained severe head injuries, fractures of the right pneumothorax and right zygoma, contusion to the right eye, soft-tissue injury to the knee and other serious leg injuries.
Awards: u1.45m total damages.
Plaintiff's solicitor: Kidd Rapinet (Maidenhead)
Plaintiff's counsel: Michael Tillett QC
Leighton v North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust (1999) QBD (Buckley J) 8 February 1999
Plaintiff: Female, single, 21 years old at date of accident; 25 years old at date of trial.
Incident: The plaintiff received damages for neurological disabilities suffered, due to the defendant's alleged negligence in treating her when she had collapsed after taking the drug ecstasy. She experienced initial paralysis, spasticity, aphasic speech difficulties, intellectual impairment, epilepsy and memory loss. Despite this, she was able to live on her own.
Injuries: Various parts of the plaintiff's brain became swollen as it lacked oxygenated blood. The plaintiff also contended that the administering of excess intravenous fluid exacerbated her condition.
Awards: u250,000 total damages (out of court settlement)
Plaintiff's solicitor: Russell Jones & Walker
Paintiff's counsel: Duncan Pratt
Goddon v M & R Investments (Hassocks) (1999) QBD (Newman J) 5 February 1999
Plaintiff: Male, 25 years old at date of accident; 34 years old at date of trial.
Incident: The plaintiff was awarded for the back injury he sustained after falling down a flight of unlit stairs at a property owned by the defendant. While it was found that the plaintiff had exaggerated the true extent of his injuries, he was still entitled to an award of damages.
Injuries: The plaintiff sustained a crush fracture of a lumbar vertebrae. He had not fully appreciated the extent of his injuries and did not seek medical attention until the following day.
Awards: u83,129.21 total damages.
Plaintiff's solicitor: Richard Thorn & Co
Plaintiff's counsel: Walter Aylen QC and David Matthias