Brain damaged daughter empowered to live independently by £750,000 compensation package
At the age of 21, our client suffered serious injuries when the car in which she was a passenger was involved in an accident.
In the tragic accident her boyfriend, who was driving the car, was killed – our client sustained a moderately severe brain injury diagnosed as diffuse axonal injury (DAI).
Our client suffered from a range of DAI-related cognitive problems including debilitating fatigue and poor memory, both of which are common problems for sufferers of acquired brain injury. In addition, she also sustained various orthopaedic injuries including fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, shoulder injuries and a fractured ulna that left her with reduced movement in her left arm.
One of the most common and potentially devastating forms of head injury that affects a widespread area of the brain, DAI is typically caused when the brain is shaken around inside the skull, for instance as a consequence of sudden deceleration such as occurs in a high-speed collision. DAI is often difficult to diagnose – scans can be inconclusive, and onset is frequently delayed.
Following the accident our client was able to return to work, although her continuing problems with fatigue dictate strictly part-time hours, and she is now able to live independently.
Our personal injury team was able to settle her case at a joint settlement meeting, securing a lump sum compensation payment of £750,000 including the provision of a significant support package.
Our client’s mother wrote: “Our daughter, aged 21 at the time, was involved in a serious car accident and as a result suffered several injuries including permanent brain damage.
“For the first few days following the accident, we as parents were only able to concentrate on her survival and as time passed the medical team were uncertain as to how her brain injury would affect the rest of her life.
“Whilst at the hospital, we were given a leaflet about Headway, a registered charity set up to help those with an acquired brain injury, and we were advised to give them a call. Through Headway a firm of solicitors was recommended.
“We approached George Ide in Chichester. The advice we were given over the next year or two was excellent; our daughter’s recovery and progress was monitored constantly, and a member of the George Ide team even visited her whilst she was undergoing rehabilitation treatment.
“Appointments were made for our daughter to meet with various specialist consultants and therapists … to ensure extensive reports were provided in relation to her injuries, limitations and future capabilities.
“We were always kept up to date with events and progress made with the case, and received copies of all reports and correspondence. All the George Ide staff with whom we had contact were always sympathetic, friendly and professional.
“We as a whole family appreciate very much all that the staff at George Ide did on our daughter’s behalf, her life has been made much easier as a result of their hard work and we would wholeheartedly recommend them.”
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