South West firm Thring Townsend has won an £850,000 settlement for a passenger suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the Ladbroke Grove train crash in October 1999. The personal injury case was unusual in that the damages award was made on the basis of future earnings for a postion that the client secured after the crash. The injured party, Oliver Weeks, had originally been offered a £12,000 settlement, a sum that was based partly on his salary while working for online retailer amazon.co.uk. By January 2001, however, Weeks had secured a position as an equities analyst at global banking group ABN Amro, a role that he was unable to continue after renewed commuting brought on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Huw Ponting, head of the personal injury team at Thrings, said it was a “stupendous result”. Halliwells partner Chris Gough defended the claim for insurer AIG.