"They have been absolutely superb. I can’t praise them highly enough, because I wouldn’t be where I am now if it hadn’t been for them."
– Diane, client's wife
In 2009, Simon hoped to rise through the ranks in the military.
On the road to realising his dream and over halfway through a training course, Simon returned home on leave and made the most of his time off by socialising with friends and family.
One afternoon, Simon and a friend made their way home from a night out in a car together, and they attempted to overtake at speed, clipping an oncoming vehicle. They careered off the highway and collided with a lamppost. The force of impact flung both men through the passenger-side window.
This major accident left Simon in a critical condition, and an air ambulance flew him to hospital where the extent of his injuries became clear.
He’d suffered several fractures of the spine and ribs on his right hand side; his sternum was shattered; he had a collapsed left lung, and there were numerous wounds and bruises all over his body.
It soon became clear that Simon had suffered from a complete spinal cord injury at T2 level, effectively paralysing him from the chest down, along with a traumatic brain injury known as a ‘diffuse axonal injury’.
Furthermore, three weeks after the accident Simon suffered from a stroke combined with a condition called ‘critical illness polyneuropathy’, causing him substantial weakness in his upper limbs
Simon’s family understood that he would need significant life-long support. It was paramount that they appointed a serious injury lawyer with the appropriate legal expertise to help them to attain the correct level of spinal and brain injury compensation, whilst also coordinating his medical and legal teams.
Fortunately, they contacted Serious Law to make a serious injury claim and they recognised that we specialise in acting for clients who, like Simon, have catastrophic injuries.
Our lawyers were galvanised into action. What complicated matters, was the fact that their neither Simon nor his friend were able to remember who was driving the car.
Without this information, it was difficult to assess who was primarily at fault for the accident.
Serious Law’s legal team undertook a detailed investigation into the accident and the period prior to the accident. They looked at CCTV footage, traced witnesses, and analysed forensic evidence to conclude that Simon was indeed the passenger.
This persuaded the other side’s motor insurers that liability belonged to their client, Simon’s friend, and they reached an agreement with our team.
As serious injury lawyers, not only did we manage Simon’s litigation but we also put into place everything possible to improve his life. We helped to appoint a case manager who set up Simon’s a complete care and rehabilitation package.
We sourced an adapted car and customised wheelchairs for him, and helped to arrange his weekly physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy sessions.
With our help, Simon was able to buy a home with many adaptations already installed, such as integrated hoists; a wet room; widened doorways; a therapy room; hydrotherapy pool, plus a rise and fall bath.
As with all of our cases, we pieced together a detailed picture of Simon’s life before the injury so that we could establish the maximum level of spinal and brain injury compensation to support him for the rest of his life.
Discussions with his family (and with Simon himself once he had recovered sufficiently) took into account his background, his working situation, as well as his past, present and future prospects. Whilst his case was ongoing, our lawyers worked diligently to secure interim payments for him, also setting up a personal injury trust to protect his compensation.
By the point of settlement, we had secured a six-figure sum of interim payments for use by Simon on all the essential resources he needed to help him immediately after his injury.
After prolonged negotiation by the legal team, we reached a settlement involving payment of a lump sum to Simon with guaranteed further annual payments, which, when capitalised, amounted to several million pounds.
Now living in his fully adapted single-level property, Simon has refined his care regime to suit his needs. Supported by his substantial compensation award, two personal assistants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
He embraced the private rehabilitation made available to him through Serious Law, and he’s made real gains in function and independence since the accident through his own hard work and persistence.
Simon enjoys spending time with friends and family, he is able to go on holiday, train at the gym and go to watch rugby.
Serious Law is proud to have represented Simon and made sure he received the correct level of compensation for his very serious injuries. More than this, we’re grateful to witness his commitment to rehabilitation and the progress he continues to make.
If you or someone you care about has experienced a serious injury like Simon, please contact us now to find out how we can help you.