Litigation Personal Injury 30/04/96

Coram v Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Authority – QBD 16 April 1996

Claimant: Darren Coram, 9

Incident: Medical negligence

Injuries: Oxygen starvation at birth; cerebral palsy; asymmetrical spastic quadriplegia; blind; severely mentally retarded

Award: £1 million (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice Tucker

Plaintiff's solicitors: The Betesh Partnership

(Manchester)

Wilkinson v Dyke – QBD 14 March 1996

Claimant: David Wilkinson, 47

Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Former trading standards officer who set up own garden centre business; soft tissue injury; injury to spine and knees

Award: £30,000

Judge: Judge Kenny sitting as deputy judge of Queen's Bench Division

Plaintiff's solicitors: Robert Gray & Co (Reigate)

Litchfield v Richards – QBD 29 March 1996

Claimants: Rodney Litchfield and Teresa Litchfield, both 5Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Teresa Litchfield – head injuries resulting in impairment of mental capacity; post-traumatic amnesia; loss of successful career in personnel management; Rodney Litchfield – head injuries; memory loss and brain dysfunction; couple claim their 28-year-old marriage has broken down as result of injuries but they have not yet divorced

Award: £236,675 to Mrs Litchfield; £39,087 to Dr Litchfield

Judge: Timothy Ryland sitting as deputy judge of Queen's Bench Division

Plaintiff's solicitors: Triggs Turner (Guildford)