Chris Bright QC secures damages of £22.75 million in a single week

Wed, 14 Nov 2018

Last week was a particularly busy one for Chris Bright QC as he secured total damages of £22.75 million.

On Tuesday at an RTSM leading Paul Evans as instructed by Laura Harper of Thompsons Birmingham in an above-knee amputation personal injury claim, a time-limited Claimant’s offer of £2.6m was made which was accepted on behalf of the Defendant the following day. The case was of particular interest because, unusually, the Claimant had undergone an elective amputation due to debilitating CRPS which he developed following an injury at work. Further case details will follow shortly.

On Wednesday Chris was instructed for the Claimant by Peter Savage of the Medical Accident Group at a mediation in a complex 'all or nothing' delayed diagnosis cervical myelopathy claim where permission had been given for each side to instruct no less than 12 experts on breach of duty, factual and clinical causation and quantum across four disputed scenarios with varying levels of recovery in an already orthopaedically and psychologically challenged Claimant. Following intensive negotiations, a settlement of £1m was achieved, subject, unusually, to an approval hearing requested by NHSR, notwithstanding that, at present, the Claimant is considered to have capacity. Further case details will follow post-approval.

On Friday, negotiations in a clinical negligence neonatal brain injury claim set for trial at the beginning of December in which Chris is instructed by Sarah Huntbach of Anthony Collins Solicitors finally achieved a lump sum settlement of £5.4m with a lifetime PPO of £228,000, which, given the 19-year-old Claimant’s residual life expectancy of over 60 years, amounts to a settlement £19.15m, if capitalised. Again, further case details will follow post-approval.

Chris commented "It's been a pretty challenging but ultimately very satisfying week in which it's been a joy to work as part of such great legal teams on behalf of wonderful claimants and their families. What’s so rewarding for all of us is that the settlements that we've achieved together will be life changing for each of the claimants and their families in providing the care and therapeutic support, specialist equipment or prosthetics and adapted accommodation desperately needed in order to give them financial security for the future and in each case to maximise their quality-of-life."

Chris Bright QC has a national reputation as a leading personal injury and clinical negligence Silk acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants. View his profile here

Paul Evans is a personal injury specialist, who has consecutively been ranked as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners.  View his profile here 

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