A young girl who was left disabled following a car crash in 2002 has been awarded £6.65 million in compensation. The child, one of four siblings, was travelling in a car driven by her mother when the accident took place. Tragically, her eldest sibling was killed and another sustained a brain injury. The other child was left with serious orthopaedic problems, and the claimant was left paraplegic due to severe and complete spinal cord injuries.
At the time of the accident the claimant was a child. In fighting for her case, her lawyers considered that extensive care would have to be provided to the individual who was expected to live well in to her seventies. Every aspect of her life was scrutinised from her future career potential to her housing and care needs throughout her lifetime.
The case, which took more than six years to complete, caused extensive stress to the victim and her family. During the time, the family had to re-house to accommodation that would meet the needs of the claimant. The move was complex, as not only were the building works meeting significant problems, but the location was proving problematic too. The family lived in a remote area causing problems for travelling to and from the nearest facilities. Provision was made, therefore, to enable care staff to live at the property. Provision was also made for the probability that the claimant would need to move in adulthood. A claim was also made for a hydrotherapy pool to be installed to help to alleviate some of the claimant’s pain.
Experts consulted during investigations considered that the claimant would require 24-hour care for the rest of her life.