Catastrophic Injuries in Road Accident
Neil Lorimer also acted in a legal first for, Mrs W when her partner suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident from which he died some months later. Until his death, the Claimant and her husband lived together as man and wife and she was pregnant with their first child at the time of the accident. She gave birth shortly after her partner’s death.
Several years later she gave birth to the couple’s second child. With our help, she brought a claim for herself and the children. The case was complex, concerning the legal definition of a dependant, in the light of the second child being born years after her partner’s death.
Mrs W argued it would be discriminatory under the European Convention of Human Rights not to make an award to her second child. An out of court settlement was achieved, including an award for bereavement damages, even though the couple were not married.