Record £23M compensation awarded to teenager paralysed in car accident
Nathan Tavares of Outer Temple Chambers and William Norris QC of Thirty Nine Essex Street, instructed by Paul Paxton of Stewarts Law LLP, acted for Agnes Collier who has been awarded record damages (for a personal injury claim) in the High Court.
Agnes, who was 13 at the time of her accident, and is now 17, suffered very serious spinal injuries leaving her tetraplegic and wholly dependent on others for her care and the needs of everyday life. She also lost her mother who was killed in the same accident. Nevertheless, with the support of a loving family and through her own determination, she was able to get back to her education at Cheltenham Ladies College and now hopes to go on to university. The agreed award, approved by Macduff J on 19th November 2012, provides for £7.25M as a lump sum and a further amount of £270,000 per annum, index-linked, for her care needs, which will be paid for the rest of her life. Conventional capitalisation of the award is £15.2M.
Barristers: Nathan Tavares