Litigation Personal Injury 6/3/00

Roderic Keith McLeod (by his next friend the Official Solicitor) v Test Valley Borough Council (2000) QBD (Brian Smedley J) 11 January 2000

Claimant: Male, 37 years old at date of accident; 42 years old at date of settlement.

Incident: The claimant had worked as a local government employee for many years and in March 1993 commenced employment with the defendant. The claimant alleged he was bullied and harassed by his manager. The stress he experienced caused him to have a nervous breakdown.

Injuries: The claimant suffered chronic depression and a persistent delusional disorder. The defendant retired the claimant on ill-health.

Award: £200,000 total damages (out of court settlement)

Claimant’s counsel: Kerstin Boyd

Claimant’s solicitor: Evill & Coleman

Rhoda Bailey (by her mother and next friend Margaret Lewry) v (1) John Mark Williams (2) Department of Transport (2000) QBD (Brian Smedley J) 11 January 2000

Claimant: Female, 18 years old at date of accident; 24 years old at date of settlement.

Incident: On 27 November 1993 the claimant was travelling in a car being driven by the first defendant when it was involved in an accident at a roundabout. She sustained severe head injuries. Liability disputed. The first defendant claimed the approach to the roundabout was not adequately lit or signed and the second defendant was brought in on the claim.

Injuries: The claimant suffered a major closed head injury. She required intensive care and a tracheotomy. She was left as a wheelchair user, in need of assistance with daily activities and had severe cognitive impairment.

Award: £550,000 total damages (out of court settlement)

Claimant’s counsel: Christopher Wilson-Smith QC and William Coley

Claimant’s solicitor: Withy King (Bath)

Sean Roberts v Ministry of Defence (2000) 12 January 2000

Claimant: Male, 25 years old at date of accident; 30 years old at date of settlement.

Incident: In September 1995, the claimant was ordered by his superior officer to take part in a Bergen rucksack run. It was normal for the Bergen to be loaded with a 25lb weight, but his superior ordered the trainees to carry 45lbs. During the run the claimant felt a sharp back pain. He informed his superior and was ordered to continue the run. He collapsed with acute back injury. The claimant brought an action alleging negligence. Liability admitted.

Injuries: The claimant suffered severe soft tissue damage and a prolapsed lumbar disc capsule. He was medically discharged from the army.

Award: £125,000 total damages (out of court settlement).

Claimant’s counsel: Jonathan Dingle

Claimant’s solicitor: Ross Aldridge (Stroud)