2012’s Biggest Compensation Payouts
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Accidents can happen anywhere, even to the most cautious of people. Whilst these can result in minor, treatable injuries, in some cases consequences can be severe and have a long-lasting impact upon the victim. An accident can mean having to take time of work and suffering a loss of earnings as a result. In more severe cases a victim may not be able to return to work and may have to make considerable adjustments to their lifestyle to accommodate their injury or illness. In these situations, claiming compensation is invaluable. Thousands of people successfully receive payouts for accidents and injuries each year, from something as small as a broken finger to something as serious as a brain injury compensation claim. If you are considering claiming compensation for an accident or injury, the following success stories from 2012 should give you extra confidence.
A teacher in the north-west of England received a personal injury compensation payout of £158,000 after slipping on mud whilst at work. The accident occurred during a fire drill at the school where she worked. As she was trying to leave the building she slipped on mud as a result of building work, falling and injuring her back.
A teaching assistant from Lancashire received a payout of £800,000 in damages from Lancashire County Council, as well as £140,000 in legal costs after she dislocated her finger at work. Mrs. Huddart tripped on an empty wheelchair whilst trying to move it at work, and dislocated her finger in 2003. She also injured her elbow in the accident and has since been diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy which causes pain and swelling. She is now dependent on the care of her husband, as this condition has resulted in limited use of the left side of her body.
October: £6 million
Joseph O’Reggio was a victim of medical negligence at birth and as a result suffered permanent brain injury. In 2001 mistakes were made at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, and the NHS agreed in 2011 to grant a compensation payment to Mr. O’Reggio. The incident at birth has left the victim with cerebral palsy, severe learning difficulties and unable to feed himself. He needs around the clock care from professional carers, as well as physiotherapy and speech and occupational therapy.
April: £10.8 million
The family of 11 year old Milly Evans were awarded a sum of £10.8 million after medical negligence during her birth led to lifelong injuries. Her mother, Kate Evans, was admitted to Lincoln County Hospital in March 2001 and although her baby’s heartbeat was monitored, other checks were substandard. Milly’s heart rate was not sufficiently monitored and there was a delay in her delivery. Milly uses a wheelchair, is unable to speak and requires constant care. The NHS agreed to a lump sum payment of £5.9 million and periodic payments of around £200,000 a year.
November: £23 million
Agnes Collier was just 13 when she was involved in a car accident which killed her mother and left Agnes paralysed. Agnes was 17 in November 2012 and studying at Cheltenham Ladies Collage when she was awarded a lump sum of £7.25 million. Agnes will need extensive care for the rest of her life, and as a result in addition to the lump sum payment, she will receive annual payments of £270,000. Given the normal life expectancy, this will amount to an estimated £23 million. The crash occurred in 2009 and led to Agnes’s lawyers sueing former BMW executive Anthony Norton, who was deemed responsible for the crash. The amount Agnes will receive is said to be the biggest payout ever for a personal injury case.
If you have been involved in an accident which wasn’t your fault, it is possible to claim compensation. Take inspiration and confidence from these previous cases, and contact a reputable solicitors firm for guidance and advice.