Successful Ministry of Defence damages claim opens door to independence for soldier injured in service
Our client, a British soldier, suffered catastrophic spinal injury in Cyprus while on active service with the Army.
While on active service as a British Army soldier in Cyprus, our client was involved in an incident and suffered catastrophic spinal injuries resulting T4 paraplegia – the Ministry of Defence (MoD) accepted responsibility, so liability was not in dispute.
Understandably, our client had chosen to live life in his own way, lovingly supported by his close family – with a focus on being as independent as possible, his positive attitude was much to his credit, although his determination did at times present challenges for the healthcare-trained case manager appointed by George Ide partner Paul Fretwell and his team.
As the case proceeded, Paul’s team succeeded in securing very substantial interim payments for our client, in order to enable adaptations to be made to his accommodation and to fund his college and university attendance as well as top-quality support including a support worker and therapist, equipment, aids, transport and overall case management.
In order to claim for the loss of our client’s Army career, his legal team worked hard to obtain and present statements from former and serving soldiers, despite the understandable misgivings of some witnesses who were concerned about the personal consequences of giving evidence against the MoD. However, as lead lawyer, Paul proved adept at maintaining good professional relations and a constructive dialogue with the MoD defence team. His success in keeping the lines of communication open, despite a failed joint settlement meeting and a breakdown in negotiations between the respective parties’ barristers, was a crucial factor in reaching a settlement.
The case eventually settled for £3.64 million, the bulk of which was invested in a personal injury disability trust to provide our client with much-needed financial security for his future. With the benefit of support and advice from George Ide’s in-house trust and investment specialists, our client has been able to buy and adapt new accommodation to meet his needs and further his dream of living his new life as independently as possible.
At the end of this complex, challenging and hugely rewarding case, Paul received the following letter of appreciation:
“I would like to thank you for the effort, determination, understanding and, most of all, the respect and belief that you gave to me and my family. You gave us hope when we were feeling at our lowest and made things that were sometimes hard to see a lot more clear. We will forever be grateful. I know it’s your job but you gave so much more.”
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