||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 146 (Apr)
|| EWHC 699 (QB)
||Queen's Bench Division
Michael Harvey QC sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court
||Simon Butler (instructed by Donnelly & Elliott) for the claimant.
||Alan Payne (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the defendants.
||10 April 2008
Damages - Personal injury - Ankle and leg - Claimant sustaining major injuries to both legs whilst working as able seaman on board ship owned and operated by defendants - Defendants admitting liability - Court determining level of general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenities - Whether claimant entitled to compensation in respect of loss of free victuals and loss of ability to perform DIY tasks.
Where the claimant, who had been employed as an able seaman, had suffered serious leg injuries necessitating in excess of 20 operations and leaving him with an increased risk of developing arthritis in an incident which had occurred on board a vessel owned by the first defendant and operated by the second defendant, it was held, inter alia, that the claimant was entitled to recover damages in the sum of 45,000 in respect of general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenities. Furthermore, he was entitled to recover in respect of loss of congenial employment, loss of free victuals and the loss of his ability to perform DIY tasks.
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