Litigation Personal Injury 23/07/96

Alexander v Crawford – QBD, 9 July 1996

Claimant: Antigone Alexander Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Claimant suffered whiplash injuries, bruising and shock after head-on car crash; later developed ringing in her ears with post-traumatic shock and psychological symptoms

Award: £55,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Judge Derek Holden

Plaintiff's solicitor: Ringrose & Co, Boston, Lincs

Plaintiff's counsel: Stephen Cobb

Jones v Greenwich Health Authority – QBD, 1 July 1996

Claimant: Sophie Stewart-Jones

Incident: Medical negligence

Injuries: Oxygen starvation at birth; claimant totally reliant on parents and carers in all aspects of life; cannot sit unsupported, crawl or walk; hearing normal but eyesight not perfect; despite this claimant has been taught to read, write and draw and can communicate through these mediums

Award: £1.4 million (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice Douglas Brown

Plaintiff's solicitors: Irwin Mitchell

Plaintiff's counsel: Jeffrey Burke QC

Lines v Crisp – QBD, 2 July 1996

Claimant: Colin Lines (43 years)

Incident: Medical Negligence

Injuries: Claim on behalf of claimant following death of wife, Janet, 35 from cancer; defendant allegedly failed to spot seriousness of Lines' bladder cancer and treat it accordingly; contended she should have been referred for radio-therapy rather than treated conservatively; defendant made "open admission of liability" in case but contended more radical treatment would not have saved Lines; claimant to receive £3,500 with further £1,500 being put into trust for children

Award: £5,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice French

Plaintiff's solicitors: Kingsley Napley

Plaintiffs counsel: Charles Welchman