Thorley v Lewis – QBD 12 June 199Claimant: Peter Thorley, 38, fireman – suing on behalf of himself.
Accident: Fire engine in which he was travelling crashed on way to hoax emergency call on 9 July 1990. Driver killed.
Injuries: Severe leg injuries which have left him unable to crouch or bend knees properly and rendered it impossible for him to return to work as fireman.
Effects: Loss of ability to continue working as fireman and general reduction of job prospects.
Award: Agreed total damages of £200,000.
Solicitors: Brian Thomson & Partners (for plaintiff)
Ryan v British Midland Airways and ors – QBD 9 June 199Claimant: Michael Ryan, 41, widower. Suing on behalf of himself and late wife's children aged 23, 21, 19, 15.
Accident: Kegworth air crash at West Midland Airport 8 January 1989.
Effects: Loss of life, loss of wife, loss of motherly love.
Award: Total £338,000; £271,011 for husband and agreement that sons should receive £16,938 each.
Solicitors: David Burcher & Co, London NW2 (for plaintiff)
Braddy v Lauchlan & Others – QBD 20 June 199Claimant: Martin Braddy, 33
Accident: Plaintiff hit in eye by metal 'strap' which sprung up and hit him while he was at work.
Injuries: Severe damage to eye tissue.
Judge: Judge David Smith
sitting as High Court judge.
Solicitors: Messrs Metcalfe & Co
Holland v Smith – QBD 23 June 199Claimant: Bernard Holland
Accident: Motor cycle accident
Injuries: Plaintiff received
severe multiple injuries to head, arm, leg and he remains significantly disabled
Award: £219,241 settlement
Judge: Mr Justice May
Solicitors: McGrath & Co, London.