Interim payment secured for victim of brain injury

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Interim payment secured for victim of brain injury

4th March 2011

A man who was left with a severe brain injury after suffering an electric shock at work has received an interim payment of £100,000 to help fund his rehabilitation.

Martin James, a serious injury specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, explained that his client had been so severely affected by the incident that he was still unable to communicate with anyone.

"My client, who is in his 40s, was working on the site of a music festival last summer," said Martin, a partner with the firm. "He was working for a company installing portable buildings and other similar constructions at the venue, and we understand that some changes were made to the design of the site.

"One of the locations was directly beneath overhead live power cables, and during the course of his work my client received a massive electric shock."

Martin explained that because the exact circumstances of the incident are still unknown, he has begun proceedings against three defendants in the case - the man's employer, the event organisers, and the supplier of the portable buildings.

"My client has been undergoing rehabilitation since this incident, but his family became increasingly concerned about the quality of the treatment he was receiving," said Martin.

"Obviously he has not worked since the incident and private rehabilitation is very expensive, so we petitioned the defendants for an interim payment to fund treatment at the leading Priory Highbank facility."

Martin said it was unusual to successfully secure an interim payment without a prior admission of liability, but in this case the victim's employer's insurance company had agreed to the payment.

"It's impossible to get information that might help speed up the claim from my client as he is simply incapable of speaking, let alone recollecting what happened to him," he said. "Furthermore, all documents that could help clarify liability are currently under the control of the local council's Environmental Health department, as part of an ongoing investigation into the matter. However, through considerable and exhaustive planning, we were able to issue proceedings and the application for the payment was successful.

"This means a huge amount to my client and his family," said Martin. "He has now moved to the new facility and his condition is already improving, and his wife has now replaced some of the income the couple lost over the last few months."

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of serious head and brain injuries.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.