Coley & Tilley Solicitors secure record financial settlement

Legal experts at Coley & Tilley Solicitors have secured a record financial settlement for a west-Wales father who suffered catastrophic injuries in a 2009 road accident.

Anthony Hutchinson, known as ‘Punk’, was giving his brother a lift from Cardigan to Haverfordwest when a cattle trailer towed by a Land Rover Defender collided with his car.

The injuries Punk sustained in the accident left him confined to a wheelchair and needing round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.

Today, a judge at the High Court in Birmingham awarded Punk a substantial seven-figure settlement, including an annual six-figure Periodical Payment Order, to cover the costs of his care for life. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever secured in Wales.

Annmarie Wilde, head of personal injury at Coley & Tilley Solicitors, said: “We’re pleased with the ruling, which will now allow Punk and his family to concentrate on re-building their lives without financial worries about the costs of his care.

“The value of the settlement reflects not only the catastrophic nature of the injuries Punk received when the cattle trailer collided with his vehicle, but also the life-changing impact that these injuries have had on both Punk and his family.”

The accident occurred on the B4329 New Inn to Brynberian road on 23 November 2009, leaving Punk with catastrophic brain, cranio-facial, spinal, abdominal, upper- and lower-limb injuries. The funds will be administered by a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection.

Jo Hutchinson, Punk’s wife and mother of their six year-old son, said: “We’re delighted with the ruling. Despite the good progress Punk has made with his rehabilitation, he will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair and need 24:7 care for the rest of his life.

“No amount of money can make up for the impact the accident has had on our family but the settlement eases financial worries and means we can turn our attention to the future.”

Jo added: “While the whole ordeal been incredibly stressful, Punk’s spirit and determination have been an inspiration to us all.

“I’d like to thank our legal team – Annmarie Wilde and Helen Powell at Coley & Tilley Solicitors and Satinder Hunjun QC and Bob Smallwood of No.5 Chambers – who fought so hard to obtain the settlement on our behalf.”

If you or anyone you know has suffered catastrophic injuries in any type of accident, please contact Annmarie Wilde or 0121 643 5531 or  aw@coleyandtilley.co.uk for expert legal advice.