Litigation Personal Injury 28/01/97

Odell v Olive – QBD 16 January 1997

Claimant: Joan Odell, 4Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Widow's claim over death of motorcyclist husband who was involved in a head-on collision with car. Deceased, Bernard Odell, who was general manager of a shipping business, was conscious for some time after the accident prior to his death and was said to have suffered agony from internal injuries. The couple have a son and a daughter, aged five and six respectively

Award: £350,000 (agreed damages)

Judge: Mr Justice Newman

Plaintiff's counsel: Andrew Hogarth

Plaintiff's solicitors: Trowers & Hamlin

Langley v Dray – QBD 14 January 1997

Claimant: Craig Langley

Incident: Road traffic accident

Injuries: Former policeman sued young joyrider he had chased in fast pursuit vehicle. The police vehicle skidded on ice and hit a lamp post. Claimant suffered severe neck injuries and was forced to take early retirement from West Midlands police force. Claimant was described during the case as "the backbone of his service" and "a round peg in a round hole". After the accident he underwent extensive treatment by physiotherapy and electro-acupuncture but still suffers constant pain in his neck and takes pain-killers daily. He has had to give up hobbies of shooting and weight-lifting

Award: £285,000

Judge: Deputy Judge John Mitting QC

Plaintiff's counsel: Stephen Oliver-Jones QC

Plaintiff's solicitor: Russell Jones & Walker