Miss X, child, was involved in a high-speed road traffic accident on a motorway in France. She suffered a severe brain injury, among other injuries.
Miss X and her family were living in the UK at the time of the accident but subsequently moved to the Netherlands, and then later to France.
Whilst living in the Netherlands, our team of specialist solicitors assisted in securing a case manager for the family to support Miss X’s rehabilitation and care.
The case managers do not exist in the same capacity in France, which was a challenge for Miss X and her family. So, we were able to help resolve this issue by identifying a suitably trained individual who would be able to support Miss X’s needs, which we were able to fund alongside private treatment and several adaptations to the new family home.
We worked with the family and Miss X’s support team throughout the claim and were able to secure regular six-figure interim payments.
We were able to secure a settlement with the value of £15 million, which was approved by the High Court.
Our priority was to ensure Miss X’s rehabilitation needs were met and that she and her family received all the help and support they needed. The damages obtained will support Miss X’s ongoing care and living costs.
All claims are different and this depends upon when a final prognosis is known and a claim can be valued.
Once we obtain an admission of liability in your case we can request an immediate payment to help with your needs and put support in place.
We will discuss your circumstances at a time and place to suit you – in person, at your home or on the telephone. We can request your medical records at the outset free of charge. Once we have reviewed your records we can advise you further and appoint suitable experts to provide their opinion on your potential claim.
Medical negligence claims rarely go to court, with only a small percentage of the more complex cases ending up there. However, in the unlikely event that your case reaches court, we will be by your side throughout the process.
As soon as we possibly can, we will obtain an early payment for you to support any immediate financial needs you have. This can help you obtain care, therapy, accommodation and rehabilitation. The sooner you investigate a potential claim the sooner an early payment can be made if you are successful.
The aim of compensation is to put you in the financial position you would have been in had it not been for the injury/negligence in question. We recognise that this is sometimes impossible, but we can work with you and the best experts to ensure all your needs are assessed and costed to help you transform your life for the better, and to give you financial security for the future.
It is difficult to advise upon the value of your claim at the outset given the complexity of the issues involved. However, if you have sustained a life changing injury then damages are likely to be substantial. Once the correct expert evidence is obtained and when a final prognosis is known we can advise you further. Our role is to maximise the compensation you receive and we specialise in doing so.
It is important to pursue your claim as quickly as possible due to time limits and to also enable us to help you obtain compensation as soon as possible. This is especially the case in complex cases as the process can be lengthy.
You have to start your claim within 3-years (limitation period) from when the injury occurred or when you first became aware of any potential negligence or injury as a result. However, the time limit only begins when a child reaches 18 years of age.
For someone who lacks capacity to pursue any litigation, the 3-year time period may never start to run although capacity can return or be intermittent.
You should always seek legal advice upon the relevant limitation period in your circumstances.
We will always respect your right to privacy wherever possible. Sometimes, clients want details of any settlement to be made public or there may be publicity surrounding the case in certain circumstances. If this occurs we can support you in managing any contact with the media to ensure you are in control of any publicity that occurs.