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£12m settlement for a 24-year-old who sustained a severe brain injury in a road accident aged 9

15th December 2020

Simon Browne QC and Marcus Grant represented the Claimant who was left with enduring symptoms.

£12m settlement for a 24-year-old who sustained a severe brain injury in a road accident aged 9 approved by Ellenbogen J.

She sustained poly trauma including visible white-matter damage on CT to her frontal and temporal lobes.

Whilst she made a relatively good recovery in terms of her cognitive functioning, neuropsychometric testing revealed some enduring weaknesses.

16 years later at the time of settlement aged 24, she presented with significant difficulties with inhibition, cognitive shifting, emotional control, self-monitoring, initiation, working memory, planning and organising, task monitoring and organising materials. She also presented with functional non-epileptic seizures.

By reason of her very severe executive difficulties including poor regulation, she was unable to lead an independent life.

The critical questions in the quantification of her claim revolved around the extent that the scaffolding of her support regime may be reduced over time in the future, her life expectancy, the likelihood of becoming a mother and the feasibility of her forming a sustainable relationship which may reduce her need for professional care.

The claim was settled through negotiation and approved by Ellenbogen J.

Related Barristers

Simon Browne QC

Simon Browne QC
Year of Call: 1982
Year of Silk: 2011

Marcus Grant

Marcus Grant
Year of Call: 1993

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