Case Studies Serious Personal Injury

During an amateur five a side football game, our client incurred a tackle from behind, that was found to be both reckless and dangerous. Despite no referee being present we were able to prove that whilst our client had consented to risks within the rules of the game, he had not consented to the tackle in question. He was awarded just over £13,000 which compensated him for both his physical injury and his loss of earnings.

Our client sustained an injury to her ankle whilst exercising on a spinning bike. During the course of the spinning class our client injured her foot when it came out of a pedal strap that had broken. The gym was found to have failed in its provision of equipment that was safe and fit for purpose. Although a relatively minor injury, the client recovered £7,000 damages.

Our client sustained multiple injuries to her knee during a spinning class as a result of faulty equipment. A settlement was agreed at £20,000.

Our client suffered two fractures to her spine when she tripped over a poorly placed sign on the floor of a supermarket.    As well as the fractures, the fall caused a previously asymptomatic condition of scoliosis to become symptomatic.  This resulted in acute pain which was likely to be permanent.

As well as an exacerbation of lower limb symptoms, she became more sensitive to pain and suffered a loss of confidence and anxiety.

The joint settlement negotiated by our lawyer, Nicola Woods, allowed for rehabilitation care costs, both past and future, and took into account incurred travel expenses. The resulting package was a sum of £41,000.00.


The wet floor of our client’s office had not been appropriately signposted by a sub-contracted cleaning company.  Our client slipped and fell, unfortunately suffering a fractured femur on the site of a pre-existing hip replacement (periprosthetic femur fracture) requiring further surgery. She was left with pain and weakness and her walking ability was adversely affected. As a result of her injuries, care was required by our client’s family. Liability was firmly disputed throughout the case. As part of the settlement package, our lawyer – Nicola Woods – was able to negotiate a global figure of £45,000.00 .

We are experienced in dealing with catastrophic brain injury claims. Such as one where Gill Peate recently settled a case involving a young child who suffered a serious head injury after being knocked down whilst crossing the road.

The child was only 3 years old at the time of the accident which had a devastating effect on all members of her family. She was just about to start Nursery school when the accident happened and had a bright future ahead of her. As a result of her severe brain injury she now require’s 24 hour care and supervision for the rest of her life.

Liability for the accident was initially disputed by the driver’s insurers but following a preliminary hearing a significant interim payment was secured for the family to allow the child to be provided with the care, rehabilitation and schooling she needed. Funds were also made available to provide temporary accommodation for the family until a suitable property could be purchased and adapted for the child’s needs.

As solicitors, it is our job in a case of this nature, to liaise with the medical, educational, rehabilitation and housing experts who provide reports to establish the needs of a brain injured child for the present time and into the future. Settlement can only take place when there is certainty in relation to the extent of a claimant’s on going loss.

Involvement in this type of claim necessarily means that there will be a very close relationship between the family and their solicitor. Client care is paramount. Working closely with the family and the experts involved in the case ensures a successful outcome for the family with the best possible settlement for the Claimant.

Our 40 year old client suffered a fractured hip in a tripping accident at work. She made a slow but good recovery without the need for a hip replacement and was able to return to her former employment and activities. She received £14,250 in compensation.

Gill Peate has acted for a client who suffered an amputation following an accident at work. The Claimant was assisting a fork lift truck driver to unload pallets from a van in the warehouse. His right thumb became caught in strapping during this procedure and the fork lift truck driver failed to heed his calls to stop. As a result, his right thumb was amputated at the scene and his left hand was also injured by his attempts to prevent the accident. Liability was initially denied by the employers and court proceedings were issued in order to secure damages for the client. Damages in this claim included amounts for his pain and suffering as well as awards for specialist hand therapy, occupational therapy, the provision of aids to assist his everyday life and an award for a loss of chance on the open labour market.

Whilst at work our client suffered a fall resulting in a fractured ankle. In the normal course of events, within a few weeks she would have been back at work. Unfortunately she developed a pain syndrome and was never able to get back to her previously well paid job and the case eventually settled at £400,000.

Jobling Gowler acted for a client who had been a motorcyclist for many years. One day a motorist performed a U turn in front of our client who was unable to avoid collision. Our client suffered a brachial plexus injury to her dominant right arm. As a result of the injury to our client and the resulting impact on her life and that of her family, we were able to recover damages of £750,000.