Five million pound settlement for clinical negligence victim


Charles sustained a devastating brain injury as a result of negligent medical treatment received whilst he was in hospital in June 2007, having initially been involved in an accident during the London to Brighton cycle ride.

Following the cycling accident, Charles was admitted to the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton before being transferred to Charing Cross Hospital for further treatment. Charles was making an excellent recovery from his initial injuries when he suddenly sustained a catastrophic brain haemorrhage as a result of an error in his medical treatment at Charing Cross Hospital.

As a result of the brain haemorrhage, Charles was left with many major disabilities, including significant cognitive and physical impairments. Subsequent to the brain haemorrhage, Charles was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney where he received intensive rehabilitation, leading to some improvements in his condition. Charles was discharged home on 6 July 2009 to the care of his wife - subject to a 24-hour support package.

Charles, from Surrey, has been happily married to his devoted wife Sue for several years. Prior to his injury, Charles ran a very successful fisheries business where his clients included a number of major airline catering companies. At the time of his accident, Charles and Sue were also in the process of renovating their French farmhouse where they planned to spend their retirement.

Charles is now fully dependant upon 24-hour care. He has limited communication and has extensive therapy and equipment requirements.

The substantial settlement which has today been approved on Charles’ behalf by the High Court provides compensation for a lump sum payment of £5.5million, together with additional annual payments of £300,000 per year for the remainder of Charles’ life.  This will allow him to now receive the specialist care he requires for the remainder of his life.

It is also envisaged that, in the next few months, Charles and Sue will be able to move to an adapted property.

Charles’ legal case was dealt with by a specialist team of solicitors led by partner Neil Elliott from Thrings LLP in Swindon. Neil was assisted by associate solicitors Daniel Green and Darren O’Sullivan.

Neil Elliott said:

“Since his brain haemorrhage, Charles has had the benefit of the remarkable support of his wife and family - who have been a pleasure to work with and who have been tireless in their devotion towards him. I am delighted for Charles and Sue that such a successful result has now been achieved. This award will guarantee that Charles receives both the support and the medical care that he will need for the remainder of his life. He will now have the long term security and care which he and his family fully deserve.

Despite his significant difficulties, Charles remains a remarkably determined man with an excellent sense of humour. We all wish him and his family the best for the future.”


Thrings Solicitors