Collett v Smith and Another: QBD 11 Aug 2008

The claimant had been an eighteen year old playing football for Manchester United reserves when he was injured by a foul tackle which ended his football career. The defendant admitted liability, but denied that he would have gone on to be a premier league player.
Held: It was 60% likely that he would have succeeded in becoming a top flight player, and damages were assessed at andpound;4.6m.


Swift DBE J


[2008] EWHC 1962 (QB)




England and Wales


CitedLangford v Hebran and Another CA 15-Mar-2001
The claimant sought damages for the loss of his chances of pursuing his career as a kick-boxer. The judge considered four different courses of varying success which his career might have taken. He accepted that, whether or not those scenarios had . .
CitedAppleton v El Safty QBD 23-Mar-2007
The claimant sought damages for loss of earnings from his career as a footballer.
Held: The court made findings in relation to past losses on a balance of probabilities in relation to the first three years after the injury and on a percentage . .
CitedDavies v Taylor HL 1974
The plaintiff’s husband was killed in a road accident caused by the defendant’s negligence. They were childless. She had deserted him five weeks before his death and thereafter, he learned about her adultery with a fellow employee. He tried to . .
CitedWatson v Gray and Another QBD 26-Nov-1998
A professional footballer is at risk of being proved negligent, if he is shown to caused injury with an act which a reasonable professional player would know to carry a significant risk of causing serious injury. A late, forceful and high challenge . .
CitedDoyle (By Her Mother and Next Friend) v Wallace CA 18-Jun-1998
A court awarding personal injury damages could make allowance for a prospective increase in salary which a claimant might have achieved upon completion of qualifications. In this case an increase was allowed at half up from an administrative pay . .
CitedWells v Wells; Thomas v Brighton Health Authority; etc HL 16-Jul-1998
In each of three cases, the plaintiffs had suffered serious injury. They complained that the court had made a substantial reduction of their damages award for loss of future earnings and the costs of future care.
Held: The appeals succeeded. . .
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Damages, Personal Injury

Updated: 09 July 2022; Ref: scu.272502