Mr D. was a young man working for an electrical firm. In December 2013, he was injured at work when another colleague lifted a cable and caught Mr D.’s foot, causing him to trip. He suffered a Lisfranc fracture to his foot and needed an operation. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) soon developed.
In the coming months and years, his condition continued to cause much pain and suffering. Mr D. was left with difficulties walking, doing household tasks and fully taking care of himself.
Mr D. instructed Brian Barr Solicitors in September 2014 and his case was handled by Brian Barr.
After obtaining reports from an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor in Pain Medicine and a Psychiatrist, it was argued that due to Mr D.’s CRPS he would not be likely to return to work and that he would need adaptations to his home to aid his living.
An assessment was arranged for Mr D. to be able to drive a car with a left foot accelerator and an interim payment was obtained to cover the cost of further treatment and an adapted vehicle.
The Defendant’s insurers obtained their own medical evidence and there were a number of disputes including what triggered the CRPS or whether Mr D. had CRPS at all, as the Defendant’s Orthopaedic expert saw no sign of it. Happily, this was contradicted by the Defendant’s own Pain Consultant. There was also debate as to whether the Claimant needed a new home or could adapt his existing home.
The parties had a formal meeting in December 2017 that resulted in the matter ultimately settling for £1,500,000 shortly before the Trial was to take place.