FOCIS

Case studies


Members of FOCIS comprise many of the most senior and well known personal injury practitioners in the country. Here are some of the cases that they as individual practitioners have recently concluded. The cases have been anonymised but give a flavour of the type and variety of cases undertaken by members of the Forum.

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£1.4million recovered for mesothelioma victim

A FOCIS member law firm has obtained one of the highest awards in a mesothelioma case. In 2007 a gifted entrepreneur appeared on the Dragon's Den television programme and obtained backing from two of the dragons for his start up business spec...
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Mesothelioma claim against BAE Systems Plc

A man was exposed to asbestos when he worked for BAE Systems Plc as an apprentice airframe fitter during the 1950's and 1960's. His work involved applying asbestos lagging to the air conditioning and heating units of various models of aircraft. He had ...
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£200k fatal mesothelioma claim for widow of Michelin worker

A FOCIS member law firm were instructed in December 2008 by a man who had been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

He had been exposed to asbestos whilst employed by Michelin Tyre Plc as a utility man and in a PSC role. His job include...
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Compensation for family of man who died from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure at the Fawley refinery in 1960's

A FOCIS member law firm were instructed by a man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2007. 

Sadly, he passed away four months later aged 60 and the claim was taken over by his wife, who along with her adult son had been complete...
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Six figure lump sum settlement for girl with burn and psychiatric injuries.

N was just 8 years old when she sustained horrific burn injuries and psychiatric injuries whilst on holiday with a family member in 2002. N sustained 50% full thickness burns to her face, anterior neck, upper chest wall, both arms, both thighs, ri...
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17 year old with severe head injuries

R (Claimant) and M (First Defendant) and P (Second Defendant) and School A (Third Defendant) and Community Association A (on behalf of Strong Tower) (Fourth Defendant) and Insurance Company A (Fifth Defendant) and Insurance Company B (Sixth Defendant)<...
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Serious injury due to Yamaha trike accident - double, mid thigh amputation

On 29 November 2003, the Claimant, who aged 42, travelled to her wedding in Blackpool as a passenger on a customised Yamaha trike being driven by the Defendant.

Tragically, the rotating drive shaft of the trike was exposed and on a blustery win...
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Kerry's story

Kerry's story

Kerry was just 12 years old when she sustained devastating brain injuries in a road traffic accident on the 4 December 2002. Just over four years later on the 9 February 2007, the court approved a lump sum settlement.

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Failure of medical prostheses - woman received a six figure compensation sum

Compensation was recovered for a lady who alleged that her medical prostheses had failed and so were said be defective in law. The treatment is relatively new and is somewhat controversial. High Court proceedings were pursued but ultimately settled at ...
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E-Coli outbreak - 1 child died and many others injured

An outbreak in South Wales of E-Coli affecting many of the schools resulted in the death of one child and injuries to many others. The families (and some school children) were represented in the Welsh Assembly Government's first Public Inquiry which sat t...
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Leanne's case 2009

L's case settled in September 2009 for a lump sum payment and staged periodical payments to cover care and case management costs for life, equating to an overall settlement in excess of £7 million. A FOCIS member law firm took on this ...
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Oliver's case 2009

'O' was a passenger in a car when the driver lost control. The vehicle left the road and collided with a dry stone wall. 'O' suffered a severe traumatic head injury, which left him with profound cognitive and emotional difficulties; right sided hemiparese...
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Wilkinson v Fitzgerald and Churchill Insurance Company Limited

On 11 June 2009 the Honourable Mr Justice Blair ruled that, contrary to what may have been established practice, an insurance company cannot recover under Section 151 Road Traffic Act 1988 (or otherwise) from an injured policyholder compensation paid b...
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Finley's Case

Finley suffers from cerebral palsy.  He was born asphyxiated following several failed attempts at delivery and an eventual caesarean section.  His parents have been traumatised by events.

His mother was 12 days overdue and was of smal...
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Gemma's Case

was born in 1985 at 29 weeks' gestation and developed quadriplegic cerebral palsy.  Her parents first consulted lawyers in 1994 but following initial investigations experts were not supportive of a claim. A FOCIS member law firm took on the case i...
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Barry's Case 2008

Barry was left paralysed from mid-chest downwards when an operation to correct curvature of the spine went wrong.

When Barry first consulted us, he thought the problem had arisen as a result of a lapse in the monitoring during the operation.&nb...
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Oliver's Case 2007

Oliver sustained brain damage as a result of medical treatment during his birth on 24 December 2000.
 
He has severe dystonic cerebral palsy with severe learning difficulties and visual impairment, he also has a gastrostomy. It was clear fro...
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Annabelle's Case

The claim was brought by Annabelle as widow and Personal Representative of her husband's estate. Annabelle's husband had been admitted in summer 1999 for a wound infection following skull surgery in 1996. Despite a drop in the level of consciousness, d...
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Margaret's Case

No radiological examination was ordered.
Margaret's condition was seen to deteriorate and an early warning score was noted at 4am on 19 February. This was not communicated to the clinicians. Further abnormal blood tests later that day indicated a li...
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Neela's Case

During the operation, a tear was inadvertently made in the aorta (the large artery taking blood from the heart to the rest of the body), and the surgeon decided to clamp above and below the tear, in order to repair it. The procedure took in the region of ...
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Tina's Case 2007

A claim for compensation arising out injuries sustained at birth and caused by a lack of care in treatment during delivery. The Claimant, who is severely disabled, has dystonic tetraplegic cerebral palsy with significant learning difficulties. She was ...
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Martin's case

M's claim was that the First Defendant and/or agents of the Second Defendant knew or ought to have known that M's condition was unstable in the post operative period and they failed to adequately monitor and diagnose M's deteriorating condition and adm...
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Russell's Case 2006

This case was initially brought on behalf of P in relation to injuries sustained during his birth in October 2002. It was a complex case relating to allegations of errors during labour, delivery and neonatal care. The case was strongly contested and tr...
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Prad's Case

Prad was one of twins, born in March 1996. After the birth of his twin sister, who was delivered first, there were worrying signs of fetal distress on the CTG monitor.

The hospital's own protocol states that the birth of a second twin should b...
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Michael's Case

Michael was born in March 1995 with cerebral palsy of the spastic tetraplegic type.

The labour was allowed to proceed to full dilation and vaginal delivery despite the CGT tracing showing clear worrying signs by 3.00pm. The worrying signs incl...
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Debbies Case

This claim was brought on behalf of a young lady who was born severely handicapped as a result of congenital rubella syndrome.
 
It was alleged that the Health Authority failed to screen her mother for rubella during a previous pregnancy, at...
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Louise's Case

L's pregnancy in 2004 was her second pregnancy and her estimated date of delivery was 18 February 2005. Initially her care was at U C Hospital but she was transferred to S H Hospital due to the fact that she moved house. She had an uncomplicated antena...
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Anne's Case

Anne's mum was admitted to the Defendant's hospital when she was in labour following an unremarkable pregnancy. After about 6 hours she was fully dilated and advised to start pushing. Despite pushing for almost 85 minutes, there was no progress of Anne...
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Richard Grand passes away of natural causes
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Introduction to the Response by FOCIS to the Discount Rate Questionnaire
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