R v. K – 29.11.16
31 year old Trainee Chef recovered £3,650,000 for the consequences of a spinal injury sustained in a cycling accident. Marcus Grant (instructed by Iona Smith of Gaby Hardwicke) appeared for the Claimant.
In April 2015 the Claimant sustained unstable fractures of the T12, L2 and L4 vertebrae causing a complete thoracic spinal cord injury. He spent much of the first year post accident in a spinal unit undergoing repeated surgeries to enable him to sit upright in a wheelchair. Reports were obtained at an early stage to address life expectancy, spinal, housing, care and equipment needs at an early stage. Consideration was given to a PPO but the Parties instead agreed on a lump sum settlement award in the above sum that reflected an allowance for contributory negligence risks raised by the Defendant, but without any expert evidence in response from the Defendant.