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HB (Protected Party) v Harmshaw

Citation[2010] Sweeney J

Charles acted on behalf of a school girl who sustained a catastrophic brain injury when she was knocked down by a car. Liability was denied throughout on behalf of the driver. Charles represented the young Claimant and her family for three years. The particular effect of the brain injury was to make the girl sexually disinhibited. As a result of promiscuous behaviour, she became pregnant within two years of this accident, whilst 14 years old. She developed a virus during her pregnancy, which was probably sexually transmitted, resulting in her baby being born with catastrophic disabilities. The girl was unable to care for the baby and her mother now has parental responsibility for him. Both the girl and her child need 24 hour care. Shortly before trial a settlement was reached (and approved in the High Court) providing a six-figure lump sum and periodical payments for the Claimant’s lifetime.

Charles Bagot acted for the Claimant, led by Frank Burton QC.