Litigation Personal Injury 17/10/95

Melvyn v Post Office – QBD 27 July 1995

Claimant: Bernard Melvyn, 50

Accident: Postal worker hit by sacks of mail

Injuries: Plaintiff sustained back injuries after being hit by six sacks of mail thrown down a chute at a depot

Award: Agreed damages of £12,500

Judge: Sir Michael Ogden QC

Plaintiff's solicitors: Simpson Millar (London)

Defendant's solicitors: Post Office legal department

Hill v British Railways Board – QBD 25 July 1995

Claimant: Diana Barbara Hill

Accident: Fell under train

Injuries: Plaintiff sustained such severe injuries to her legs that there was no alternative but to perform an above-knee amputation on her left leg and a below-knee amputation on her right. She suffered considerable pain both before and since the amputations. Has sustained severe psychological reaction.

Award: Agreed damages of £560,000

Judge: Mr Justice Wright

Plaintiff's solicitors: Blatchfords, (London)

Defendant's solicitors: British Rail legal department