R v G – (Brain Injury) – 20.10.15
Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC and Marcus Grant represented the Claimant in a claim arising out of a low speed bicycle accident. The Claimant, then a 49-year-old Company Director, fell off his bicycle and struck his head on the road. He suffered no PTA but presented with a cluster of subtle neuro-cognitive, neuro-behavioural and neuro-psychological symptoms. A Telsa 3T MRI brain scan was normal, apart from evidence of a small haemosiderin deposit in the tentorium adjacent to the temporal lobe. There was no evidence of any macroscopic diffuse axonal injury to the white matter. He sustained partial shearing of his olfactory bulb and presented with very subtle patterns on neuro-psychological testing.
His claim was valued by reference to a reduction in the gross profit margin achieved by his business after the accident, attributable to his ‘loss of edge’ affecting his ability to optimise the margin between the purchase and selling cost of his company’s product. The case settled through negotiation for £3,000,000 (£3.529,000 less 15% in respect of contributory negligence).