Chris Allen secures £1.7 million settlement for injured child

April 13, 2018

Chris Allen has secured compensation of £1.7 million net (£4.8 million gross of the deduction for contributory negligence) on a lump sum basis for an injured child who was aged 5 when she was run down by a motor vehicle whilst a pedestrian. The Claimant, who is now aged 21, suffered a significant brain injury. The case involved difficult issues of liability and given the Claimant’s age the long-term effects of her injuries took some time to crystallise. There was also a trial on independent living.

The settlement of £1.7 million was negotiated at a joint settlement meeting and after HHJ Sykes approved the settlement Chris commented “It was a pleasure to act on behalf of this Claimant and her devoted family. The settlement marks the end of over 15 years of hard fought litigation and must come as a huge relief to the Claimant and her family. The settlement ensures that the Claimant will have the best opportunity to make further progress with her recovery and to get on with the rest of her life. As there was a significant deduction for contributory negligence there will always be a shortfall in the Claimant’s care package but the lump sum settlement ensures that the Claimant has sufficient flexibility to be able to purchase a house and effectively frontload her care and rehabilitation requirements whilst being able to adjust the package in time to meet her ongoing needs”

Chris was instructed by Rowena Lewis at Resolution Law and was led by Bill Braithwaite QC. Catherine Howells had previous acted for the Claimant prior to her appointment to the circuit bench.