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Aiding recovery

Robert Weir QC talks tactics in securing compensation in catastrophic injury cases

22 March 2012

When I first met Miss W in 2006, she was lying flat on her back in a small, overly heated room at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, attached to a ventilator. Miss W had suffered possibly the worst kind of injury: she was tetraplegic and had a brain stem injury which meant that she could not speak, eat or drink. At the same time her mental faculties were wholly unimpaired. She was 21 years old, locked-in and able to communicate only by blinking and wrinkling one side ?of her nose.

Miss W had suffered this awful injury one night in 2005 when she had tried to cross a dual carriageway after an evening out with friends in a pub. She was hit ?by a car driven by an uninsured driver who chose not to stop at the scene but instead to drive on into some woods and burn the car.

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