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Robert's road traffic accident
Pannone's solicitors won me a better future
When Robert was just 10 years old he was knocked down by a car and suffered significant injuries that made it difficult for him to walk and use his right arm.
Now, like most 15 year olds he enjoys swimming, attending his local youth club and playing computer games. But because of his accident and unlike most other teenagers Robert has had to overcome many obstacles just to be able to do the things he likes.
Pannone was able to help make Robert's life a little easier by winning a claim against the Motor Insurer's Bureau in only 2 years .
The settlement won for Robert has made things easier and helped him and his family try to rebuild their lives. They have now been able to purchase a specially adapted house and Pannone's support team have also helped providing access to specialist carers, and educational help and support.
Most importantly of all though Robert, like other teenagers, can now take part in the activities and hobbies he enjoys. He goes out for trike rides with his carer and has recently gained his 10 metre swimming badge.
Together the family are now looking forward to the future and the opportunities it will bring.
If you need help to secure your future following an accident or injury, ask for a free consultation with one of Pannone's personal injury solicitors by calling 0800 0384 384 or email us.
Katie's brain injuries following road traffic accident
A life with better care
Katie Smith was just 12 years old when she sustained devastating brain injuries in a road traffic accident on the 4th December 2002. Just over four years later on the 9th February 2007, the court approved a lump sum settlement.
What that means in real terms is a substantial six figure payment award which will enable Katie's parents, Sharon and Dave, to make sure that she is cared for. When compensation is agreed, the relief for parents of children like Katie, injured in accidents or through medical negligence, is immense, but it is only as a result of the hard work and dedication of specialist severe injury solicitors like Carol Jackson at Pannone that settlements are reached.
Carol took on Katie's case soon after the accident and immediately began to assemble the evidence necessary to mount a claim against the negligent driver. There were arguments with regard to the circumstances of the accident and liability was agreed and approved by the court 90:10 in Katie's favour.
Other issues arose with regard to the value of the case, said Carol, "As is commonly the case in serious injuries, the issue of life expectancy was contentious". Professor Barnes final estimate of life expectancy for Katie was that she would live to aged 62.
The defendants relied on Dr Green, a consultant paediatric neurologist who calculated life expectancy to just over 30 years. There was clearly some considerable divergence of opinion on this issue.
The level of settlement was in-line with Professor Barnes estimate of life expectancy, which resulted in a much higher amount of compensation for Katie.
The other major area of contention was future care. The Pannone team were able to prove that there was evidence from the care diaries kept that there was need for two waking carers as opposed to a night sleeper/sitter.
Katie's parents and the Pannone team were in favour of resolving the case by periodical payments for some areas of the claim. The defendants preferred a lump sum award which was refused but after some tough negotiation the defendants eventually offered a revised sum. "It was," said Carol "an amount which more than allowed for future inflation and on the evidence the offer was a very good one."
Hugh Jones, Head of the Court of Protection team will administer the settlement through the Court of Protection on behalf of Katie and Pannone will continue to provide support for Katie and her family in the years to come. Commented Carol Jackson, "In cases like this, which are quite intense, you form a bond with the family and the client. Katie is a bubbly and vibrant teenager whose personality shines through her disability and it's been a privilege to work on her behalf."
Said Katie's mum, Sharon, "We are relieved that Katie has financial security and will be able to enjoy excellent quality of life with proper care. Our thanks go to Carol Jackson and her team at Pannone."
Read more about how we can assist you with head related injuries.
Shiela's road traffic accident
Success following hit and run accident
Having previously worked for an estate agent and in a bank Sheila was facing up to the challenge of looking for a new job. Then came the road traffic accident which meant she could never work again.
Sheila sustained a serious brain injury resulting in a profound personality change and memory loss, which rendered her unemployable. The driver didn't stop and subsequently could not be traced.
We overcame these obstacles and secured a substantial financial settlement that will be used to help Sheila both now and in the future. We implemented an extensive care regime to help Sheila and her family come to terms with the impact of the accident. Post settlement we have been appointed receiver for Sheila's financial matters, ensuring that her future is safeguarded. Our support does not end when the case finishes.
To arrange a free consultation with a personal injury solicitor click here or call us on 0800 0384 384. We are available to take your call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.