Paul McNeil was instructed by American citizens, David a retired Judge of the Superior Court Bench in California and Brenda, a housewife. He was instructed in connection with a personal injury claim, loss and damage arising out of a traffic accident on the 30 May 2003.
David and Brenda had come to London on a trip of a lifetime and were intending to visit Kew Gardens. They had travelled by underground to Kew.
Both Claimants were descending the stone steps from Kew Underground Station when a vehicle driven by the defendant left the carriageway and mounted the pavement and collided with Brenda (and others) as she descended the stairs.
David witnessed the accident and saw the devastating injuries suffered by his wife.
Brenda suffered extensive crushing injuries of both legs and a through knee amputation to the right and debridement and fixation of the left leg were carried out in May and June 2003.
Brenda remained as an in patient at the Charing Cross Hospital until 26 July 2003. She then returned to the US for rehabilitation which included further surgery.
Despite these devastating injuries, Brenda remains determined and as active as it is possible to be. She receives strong support from her husband and friends in Florida. Brenda suffered a significant psychiatric injury including PTSD.
The claim was finally settled on the 15 June 2007 on the last working day before the trial. The defendant agreed to pay £900,000 damages to Brenda and damages of £30,000 to David. The case involved instructing both US and UK expert witnesses.
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