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Injuries: Multiple injuries, most serious in region of right ankle; considerable pain and discomfort along with swelling since accident; serious fracture across tibia and compression of lower tibial articular surface so that ankle joint is disrupted; fractures likely to heal soundly but continued disability anticipated; claimant is likely to have problems walking on uneven surfaces which could affect his prospects on labour market; estimated he will run 20 per cent risk of osteoarthritis requiring late arthrodesis
Award: £150,000, (agreed damages)
Judge: Judge Fawcet
Plaintiff's solicitors: Eldritch & Co, Oxford
Defendant's solicitors: Cole & Cole, Oxford
Penrose v Nelson - QBD 1 November 1995
Claimant: Leo Penrose, 37
Accident: Builder injured at work
Injuries: Penetrating injury to left thigh with underlying arterial damage requiring emergency operative treatment; substantial continuing disability; shock, pain and suffering.
Accident: Plaintiff injured in road traffic accident
Injuries: Head injury with loss of consciousness; laceration and contusion near left eye; severe contusion to front of chest with haematoma of left breast and probable fracture of right first rib; bruising of both hands; contusion to and laceration of right knee; contusion to and laceration of left knee with probable fracture of supra-condylar region of left femur and damage to infrapatellar branch of saphenous nerve; severe closed injury to right ankle and foot involving displaced comminuted fracture of os calcis; plaintiff suffered severe pain and scarring, deformity, limitation of motion and loss of confidence
Award: £137,500 (agreed damages)
Judge: Judge Butter QC
Plaintiff's solicitors: David Burcher & Co, London
Defendant's solicitors: Davies Arnold Cooper, London