At the age of two, our client was involved in a head-on collision between two vehicles when the car travelling in the opposite direction had to swerve to avoid a cyclist who had fallen off his bike. As a result of the accident, our client suffered catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. She is likely to require ventilation support for the rest of her life and is cared for 24/7 by a specialist team including a registered nurse.
Since the accident, the team has worked closely with the family, the insurers and the case management team to support her rehabilitation. We facilitated several adaptations to the home that the family rented at the time. They have since been able to purchase a new family home, which has also been specially adapted, including the installation of a hydrotherapy pool to assist with her therapy treatment.
The case was settled and approved by the High Court earlier this year. A lump sum of £3.1m was awarded to cover the cost of the housing adaptations, assistive technology, education and care costs to date. However, due to the long-term nature of the clients’ rehabilitation, cost of care and future living costs, there will be further payments of £950,000 per year. The capitalised value is likely to be in the region of £45million, which sets the record for the highest personal injury award in UK history.
Speaking on behalf of the family, the father said “The asb team, although professional engaged, have become what you would call a friend. We are eternally grateful and appreciative of their help and support throughout the claim”.