Case Study – Helen Niebuhr

We were delighted to hear from Helen Niebuhr of member firm Knights 1759 last month that she recently concluded a case introduced through the Brain Injury Group for £1.84m plus costs.

The case involved a married mother of two adult sons who suffered a serious head injury in 2011 when she was hit by a lorry on her way to work as a warehouse assistant.  The accident took place on the company premises when the lorry, driven by another employee, hit her as it turned into a gateway.

Very shortly after the accident whilst the lady was still in a coma in hospital, her son instructed Helen having found her details on the Brain Injury Group website.

Severe anxiety, dizziness and losing the ability to communicate easily in English (not her first language) made consulting with the client challenging, and an interpreter became a vital member of the support team.

Whilst primary liability was admitted, there were intense negotiations about a host of matters including contributory negligence and capacity as well as quantum.  The matter was finally resolved at a Round Table Meeting three months before the scheduled trial date; the settlement of £1.84 million will allow for suitable accommodation and transport to be provided as well as the support she will need for the rest of her life.

The client is no longer able to work, requires support whenever she goes out and receives ongoing rehabilitation and therapies.

Helen continues to act as a Professional Deputy on behalf of her client and Knights will also act on the purchase of a new home.  Helen used the services of associate members ILS for case management and Nestor for financial advice and reports.