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Richard Wilkinson, led by Andrew Ritchie QC, recovered damages of £4m on behalf of a 42 year old Claimant who sustained both spinal cord and brain injuries when falling 10 metres from the grid floor whilst working as an electrician at the Defendants’ television studios.
Stewart J today approved the lump sum settlement which was reached shortly before a 10 day trial had been due to commence in a case in which the Claimant’s capacity to litigate or manage his affairs remained in dispute. Other contested elements of the claim included contributory negligence (the Claimant fell through an open but unguarded hatch), his life expectancy (due to an unrelated liver condition giving rise to the potential need for liver transplant surgery), his likely earnings but for the accident (because he had been undertaking a degree as a mature student at the time of his accident) and his future care and accommodation needs.
Instructed by Alex Brown of Dean Wilson.