Litigation Personal Injury 23/01/96

Williams v West Kent Health Authority – QBD 11 January 1996

Claimant: Holly Williams, 14, suing through mother Gillian Williams

Accident: Cerebral palsy resulting from oxygen starvation following caesarean section birth at Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Injury: Plaintiff is wheelchair-bound, suffers spasticity of limbs, risk of epilepsy, speech is difficult, but is educationally very bright; she has a written a book through dictation to raise funds for a school for the disabled she attended; would have been a "high flier" were it not for her diasabilities

Award: £1,425,000 (agreed damages) payment out adjourned for structuring

Plaintiff's solicitors: Cripps Harries Hall (Tunbridge Wells)

Defendant's solicitors: Nabarro Nathanson (London)

Geeves v Beagle – QBD 6 December 1995

Claimant: Robert Geeves, 29

Accident: Building site accident; plaintiff fell through hole

Injuries: Head injury, fractured ribs, spinal injury affecting ability to work

Award: £110,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Judge Barnett QC

Plaintiff's solicitors: Clifford & Co (London)

Hill v Gas Spares – QBD 30 November 1995

Claimant: Carol Hill, 46

Accident: Blouse caught in machine at work causing tourniquet effect to right arm

Injuries: Plaintiff sustained deformity to right (dominant) arm comprising: soft tissue swelling, break in skin, deep contusion of underside of arm in forearm and mid-elbow; continuing muscle damage in forearm and over sensitivity of cutaneous nerve; stiffness in right shoulder attributed to adhesive capsulitis produced as result of protecting arm; scarring and discolouration of skin; 10-15 per cent loss of grip in right hand; accident said to have reduced her ability to cope with one of her children who is severely mentally handicapped

Award: £70,000 agreed damages

Judge: Judge Holden

Plaintiff's solicitors: Neves (Dunstable)

Defendant's solicitors: Borneo Mantell & Partners