Young v AIG Europe Ltd [24.07.15]

The Claimant was involved in a road traffic accident on 13 May 2013. He suffered a heart attack on 15 May 2013 and a spinal haematoma, the first symptoms of which developed on 17 May 2013, which rendered him paraplegic. The Defendant accepted that these were caused by the accident. The Claimant also suffered a stroke on 4 June 2013, causing left side paralysis. Mr Justice Stewart was asked to decide, as a preliminary issue, whether the accident caused the stroke. He held that the evidence in favour of the accident probably being the cause of the stroke was very strong. Had the accident not occurred, the Claimant only had a 30% risk of suffering a stroke over a 10 year period.