Victoria O’Neill, a specialist neurotrauma lawyer from our London office, achieved a significant sum of money for a girl who sustained a head injury when she was just six years old.
On 3 March 1999, our client and her family attended a local pub. She was playing with her 11-year-old brother in the designated play area within the pub. Unfortunately, while playing in the play area, our client climbed through a hole in the safety netting and onto a window sill. The window didn’t have a lock and the latch wasn’t secure. She fell backwards at a height of about five feet through the window.
Afterwards our client complained of nausea and headaches. Whilst she did not suffer any ongoing physical problems, she continued to have deficits in memory, concentration and her organisational skills. She also suffered from fatigue. An initial MRI scan taken shortly after the accident did not reveal any brain damage. However, later clearer imaging obtained by Irwin Mitchell revealed subtle changes displaying severe brain damage.
Following a long battle with the defendant, who, despite admitting liability, continued to allege contributory negligence and that the parents were in some way at fault for the accident, a settlement of £500,000 was achieved. This was to ensure that our client received appropriate care for the rest of her life, to include extra support for when she moved out of the family home, finding and sustaining employment and for when she had her own children.
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