News & Resources

24 year old Factory Worker recovers £600,000 for the consequences of a compression fracture to the T12/L1 vertebrae

13th September 2017

Marcus Grant (instructed by Daniel Denton of Slater & Gordon) appeared for the Claimant

24 year old Factory Worker  recovered £600,000 for the consequences of a  compression fracture to the T12/L1 vertebrae. Marcus Grant (instructed by Daniel Denton of Slater & Gordon) appeared for the Claimant.

In December 2013 the Claimant, then a 20 year old factory worker, sustained a compression fracture to the T12/L1 vertebrae when a stack of glass toppled over onto him. The fracture united leaving a 19° kyphosis. The normal expectation would be that such a patient would make a good functional recovery from such an injury. The Claimant developed chronic neuropathic and mechanical pain around the injury site that prevented him from coping with moderately physically demanding day to day activities, including manual work. On his case, the prospects for significant further functional recovery were modest. The Defendant’s initial response through orthopaedic and psychiatric evidence was to assert that there was no organic or psychologically-mediated explanation for his presentation and that the likely explanation was a degree of conscious elaboration. After pain management experts became involved, more attention was paid to the bio-psychosocial model of chronic pain. The Claimant spent an interim payment on a 3 week domicillary pain management programme that made no material difference to his symptoms. His experts concluded that the residual symptoms were likely to be permanent, and that he needed to fashion a life for himself that could accommodate them. The Defendant’s pain expert considered that a 12 month course of CBT post-settlement of litigation would bring about a substantial, though incomplete recovery, sufficient for him to resume independence in his work and home lives, subject to the restriction of having to avoid heavy manual activities.

The settlement, achieved through negotiation, reflected a compromise between the Parties’ respective positions.

 





Related Barristers

Marcus Grant

Marcus Grant
Year of Call: 1993


Close X

Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a Covid-19 Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available. As of 6 July 2020, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings, will be operating with a reduced clerking team in attendance. The remaining staff members and barristers will continue working remotely. We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to clerks@tgchambers.com. We would be grateful if this could be sent in an orderly fashion to enable working from a screen manageable. We are able to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post, if necessary. However, we have a preference for electronic documents wherever possible.

Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via phone or email.

Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations

Conferences, meetings and mediations will take place remotely, either by telephone or video until further notice. Group Telephone calls and video calls can be easily arranged. If an in-person meeting is felt necessary please see our Covid-19 Information page for full criteria.

Court Hearings

We are following the Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with that advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. In-Person hearings will be accommodated by members of TGC. We will continue to monitor this situation.

Making a payment

If you do not already pay us by BACS, going forward please make arrangements to do so. Please contact the clerks who can supply you with the relevant BACS details.

If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or dnorton@tgchambers.com.

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.