Skip fall man set to receive £1m damages

Author: By Jan Colley, Press Association

Idris Smith had made a remarkable recovery from the August 2004 accident, said
Mr Justice Cranston at London’s High Court today.

But, the 57-year-old grandfather’s personality had changed for the worse with
instances of verbal aggression, low mood and tolerance, poor memory and
reduced concentration.

Mr Smith, of Parc Afon, Dinas, Rhondda, South Wales, had little insight into
his condition and needed significant support in his daily life.

The accident happened at the premises of LC Window Fashions Ltd, where he
worked as a truck driver and factory operator.

The company’s insurers admitted liability but disputed the amount of
compensation to be awarded for future earnings, the degree of care
management required and accommodation.

The judge ruled that Mr Smith was entitled to the full amount of loss of
earnings claimed to the age of 65.

The support worker and case management hours claimed were also allowed in
full, as were the costs of moving to a more suitable house.

Mr Smith’s lawyers, Stewarts Law, said that the two sides now had to agree the
final compensation sum, but it would be more than £1 million.

His solicitor, Clare Salmon, added that it was an excellent result and meant
the family now had the financial security needed to pay for Mr Smith’s care.

“Without such support, Idris and his wife would have little quality of life
and it would place a huge strain upon their relationship.

“Instead they are now able to plan for their future with Idris motivated and
engaged in community life.”

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