The Hon. Mr Justice Dingemans, a judge of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, recently approved a £4.78m settlement for a 26-year-old victim of a motorcycle crash. He suffered a head injury during the incident, which left him with enduring behavioural symptoms.
As specialist brain injury solicitors, Hatch Brenner represented the victim; instructing Barrister Marcus Grant of Temple Garden Chambers to represent him in the High Court.
The victim was an apprentice vehicle diagnostician when he had the accident aged 20. He was left with ‘dysexecutive syndrome’ which is a group of symptoms resulting from brain damage that occur together. These can inhibit executive brain function like planning, abstract thinking, flexibility and behavioural control.
Solicitor Colin Cook, Hatch Brenner Partner and Brain Injury expert, commented: “We are delighted to have settled this case on behalf of our young client. While the neuropsychological test scores of the victim were unremarkable, after six years of rehabilitation following the accident, the patient was still unable to maintain employment due to his associated symptoms affecting the judgement centre in his brain. His settlement will enable him to have the necessary support and assistance over the remainder of his life.
“We often see the subtle symptoms in the years following a brain injury putting great stress on the victim and their family and friends. With the assistance and encouragement of his wife and mother, and by learning strategies to cope from his support workers, the victim hopes to continue to gain greater independence over time.”
Brain and head injuries can have a wide range of effects, many of which may not be obvious immediately after an accident. As a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Colin has represented brain injury victims in a wide range of cases. To find out more about our expertise in cases involving brain injury, please call 01603 660 811.