A former Royal Mail worker, who experienced extensive brain damage when he was struck by a falling branch, has been awarded 2.5 million pounds in compensation in the High Court.
Jason Thatcher (42) from Woodcote in Oxfordshire, was working in his garden in January 2007, when he was hit on the back of the head by a branch which fell from an overhanging Atlantic Cedar tree. The blow inflicted a severe injury to his brain stem and affected his mobility and communication facilities.
Mr. Justice Eady at the High Court was told how Jason had spent months in hospital, rehabilitation centres and Leonard Cheshire Homes – during which time he had regained his cognitive function – and now wanted to return to home to his wife Sharon and two children.
The award of falling branch 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 allow Jason and his family to move into a specially adapted house and provide for life-long care.