June 25, 2011
A former Royal Mail worker, who suffered serious brain damage when he was struck by a falling branch, has been awarded 2.5 million pounds in garden accident compensation in the High Court.
Jason Thatcher (42) from Woodcote in Oxfordshire, was working in his garden in January 2007, when he was struck on the back of his head by a branch which fell from an overhanging Atlantic Cedar tree. The blow caused a major injury to his brain stem and affected his mobility and communication facilities.
Mr. Justice Eady at the High Court heard how Jason had spent months in hospital, rehabilitation centres and Leonard Cheshire Homes – during which time he had regained his cognitive function – and now wished to return to home to his wife Sharon and two children.
The award of garden accident compensation, which was made against the landlords of the property – the Sovereign Housing Association – was approved without admission of liability from the alleged negligent party. It will enable Jason and his family to move into a specially adapted residence and provide for life-long care.