£6.3million Compensation For A Fractured Skull
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In the case study below, we are looking at the case of a claimant who brought a personal injury claim against the driver of a car (the claimants’ friend). The claimant was a passenger in the car and when the car accident happened he suffered a fractured skull. The skull fracture was serious in itself. However, it also led the claimant to suffer several mental health issues over the next seven to ten years, ultimately resulting in the sectioning of the claimant. The skull fracture claim was ultimately resolved at a court hearing where he was awarded £6.3 million in compensation. The claimant intended to use the compensation to cover past and future medical costs.
Legal Expert work with a panel of solicitors has helped claimants across the country after suffering injuries similar to those the claimant suffered in this case. Read the case study below to find out more about the car accident, skull fracture injuries suffered and how the solicitors we able to secure compensation for the claimant.
How Common Are Passenger Injuries In Car Accidents?
The UK does not keep completely separate statistics for driver and passenger injuries or deaths on the UK’s roads. However, statistics from the UK’s Department for Transport recorded a total of 24,101 people suffered serious injuries on the UK’s road network. Fractured skull injuries are categorised as serious injuries. Statistics do show that an estimated 32% of car occupant casualties were passengers. Car occupants, including drivers and passengers, were far less likely to suffer from an injury when compared to the number of pedestrians who are injured and the number of cyclists or motorbike riders who were injured.
Fractured Skull Injuries
There are several different skull fracture types, including open skull fractures and closed skull fractures. The main types include the following;
- Closed skull fractures. These are fractures where the skin is not broken and there is no damage to the tissue around the injury.
- Open fractures. The skin and tissue are broken and some brain tissue is broken.
- Depressed skull fractures. This means that part of the skull in crushed or pushed inwards. This was the type of skull fracture suffered by the claimant in this case.
The Injuries Suffered In This Case
At the time of the injury, the claimant was seventeen and was a passenger in their friends’ car. The claimant was working as a carpenter, studying as an apprentice. The claimant was sitting in the rear of the car when the driver lost control. As a result of the accident, the claimant suffered what were described as ‘devastating’ head injuries, namely a depressed skull fracture and internal bleeding in the brain.
After the claimant had their initial depressed skull fracture treatment and was discharged from the hospital, they returned to their carpentry apprenticeship. However, the claimant’s condition began to spiral downwards. The claimant went on to suffer from a number of psychiatric conditions and episodes before they were finally sectioned around seven years after the accident. After the claimant was released from sectioning (under the Mental Health Act) he still suffered mental health issues. Two years prior to the compensation case the claimant was said to have undergone a transformation. This was thanks to the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit or TRU. The transformation helped the claimant to change their life for the better.
It should be noted that a depressed skull fracture has several long-term effects and they can be very difficult to fully recover from. The skull fracture long-term effects for this claimant were serious and difficult for the claimant to recover from.
Personal Injury Claim Time Limits
In general, claimants need to begin their personal injury compensation claim within a three year period. This three year period is counted either from the date of the accident or the date of the discovery of the injuries suffered if they did not present straight away. Commonly this is known as the date of diagnosis. This is because after this period the legal basis for the claim runs out. There are situations in which a claim can be made after the statute of limitations on this. In this case, the claimant was able to make their claim later than the three-year time limit as their claims time was paused during the time in which he was suffering from the complications of the mental health condition.
The Court Case And Settlement
The case proceeded to the High Court in London where the claimant was ultimately awarded a total of £6.3 million in compensation. The skull fracture and head injury compensation case was made against the drivers’ insurance provider. The compensation award was made up of an initial lump sum payment to cover the claimants immediate medical and other costs, as well as an annual payment for the rest of the claimants’ life.
The claimant had been able to return to and complete their apprenticeship in carpentry and will use the lump sum to purchase a house, as well as using the annual payments to cover the costs of his medical care. The claimant has even gone on to study cabinet making at a local college. Though able to work to some degree, the claimant would need support and medical care for the rest of his life. His continuing symptoms included memory issues, fatigue and mood swings, as well as other mental health issues.
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