Irwin Mitchell’s serious injury solicitors have secured a substantial six-figure compensation award for a young man who suffered a brain injury in a road traffic collision.
In 2009, Lee was travelling as a passenger in a vehicle being driven by a friend. His friend lost control of the vehicle and collided at speed with a car travelling in the opposite direction.
Lee suffered a serious head injury and some minor physical injuries. As a consequence of his head injury and his involvement in the road traffic collision, Lee developed a complex psychiatric condition which left him with an array of psychological difficulties and caused him to develop pseudo-epilepsy and a somatoform disorder, otherwise known as “illness behaviour”.
With the help of specialist serious injury solicitor Kate Petchey, a number of interim payments were secured to fund a comprehensive rehabilitation package to try and resolve Lee’s complex difficulties.
Lee benefited from private occupational therapy, physiotherapy, neuropsychology and psychotherapy intervention, as well as the services of a brain injury specialist case manager and a support worker.
The rehabilitation package assisted Lee in overcoming his anxiety problems and other complex difficulties, in order to take steps towards living a more independent life.
Prior to the accident, Lee had a complicated psychological history and the Defendant insurer disputed whether all of his difficulties had been caused by the accident. We obtained comprehensive witness and medical evidence demonstrating the validity of Lee’s symptoms. Our findings supported his need for ongoing support and continued treatment to assist him to live independently.
A six-figure settlement was successfully secured for Lee at a round table meeting to compensate him for his losses to date, to provide for continued input and support for his difficulties and to compensate him for his likely inability to work consistently in the future.
Commenting on the case, Kate said: “This was a complex and long-running case which necessitated a great deal of evidence gathering to support Lee’s claim.
"It was vital that high quality experts in the correct disciplines were selected to comment on Lee’s symptoms and to inform the ongoing rehabilitation and treatment programme."
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