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Leigh Day client Mr M recovers £2.5 million

Mr M has received damages of £2.5m as a result of catastrophic injuries that he suffered in an accident at work back in 2002. He was represented by Leigh Day partner Daniel Easton.

Daniel Easton and Mr M

24 July 2008

Mr M was driving a JCB on a construction site when it toppled over crushing his lower body and right arm. He suffered catastrophic injuries and spent over 11 months in hospital undergoing treatment for complicated pelvic injuries and serious crush injuries to both legs and his right arm. 
Although he was discharged from hospital after his first 12 months, he continued to go in and out of hospital for multiple operations to try to stabilise his injuries. One of the consultants working on his case described his injuries as being “at the limit of what even a young person can survive”. 
Mr M has been left permanently reliant on a wheelchair, although he can now manage to walk a short distance with a frame. 
Mr M’s capability with his mobility and hobbies (including woodwork, fishing and gardening) are testament to his determination and the devoted time and care that his mother has spent looking after him and assisting him with physiotherapy exercises. 
Liability was seriously disputed in the case, but resolved at the court door in 2006. Following this, due to the nature of our client's injuries, it took a further two years to obtain the necessary evidence in order to properly quantify the claim, which resulted in a seven-figure settlement. 
Looking to the future, the damages will enable him to move to new accommodation. In his present home, he is unable to even fit his wheelchair through the front door or to safely manoeuvre in the house. His damages will ensure that he can receive adequate professional care and equipment and remove some of the burden from his mother. 
Mr M is hopeful that in the future, he will be able to use his woodwork and fishing skills to his own benefit, and is looking to use his compensation to buy a smallholding where he can provide disabled fishing facilities for others. 
Mr M was represented by Daniel Easton, partner in the Accidents and Disasters Department.  Daniel worked closely with Mr M and his family throughout the case to achieve the right settlement.  He says "It is fantastic to now be looking to the future with our client and how his damages will make such a massive difference to his life and to his family.  He can finally have the right equipment he needs and realise his future plans, not only to have the right place to live, but also to provide services to other disabled people." 
For more information please contact Daniel Easton on 020 7650 1200. 

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