A taxi driver has won his brain injury claim for compensation battle after suffering from brain damage in a tragic chain of events.
Leslie Dye was working as a taxi driver in May 2003 when a horrific incident happened. A customer stabbed the 57 year old in the neck and he was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex. A scan was performed but staff failed to spot bleeding on the brain, and Mr Dye suffered a cardiac arrest. The incident has left him with serious brain damage and in need of constant care.
Mr Dye’s daughter Emma brought the compensation claim on behalf of her father. At the High Court in London yesterday, it was decided that the NHS was negligent in its treatment of Mr Dye, and that the stabbing and the negligence he suffered has had a devastating effect on his life. The Judge in the case awarded him a lump sum settlement of £850,000. He will also receive annual payments (linked to the index) to provide for his extensive and costly care needs. The first of these payments is for £109,000. He is currently cared for permanently at the Jacob Centre (a specialist neurological facility) in Hertfordshire.
A spokesperson for the NHS Trust responsible admitted that standards at the hospital had improved since the incident, and apologised to Mr Dye and his family for the level of care they received. They also wished him all the best for the future.