Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust had admitted liability for the claimant’s paraplegia, in a claim valued at around £8 million. The claimant had already received £411,000 in interim payments but sought an additional interim payment of just under £1 million in respect of his pleaded need for suitable accommodation before trial (in nine months). There was disagreement between the parties as to the cost of a suitable alternative property.

The court held that, while the claimant could manage in his current accommodation until trial, there was a “sufficiently pressing” need for suitable accommodation before then. Although not bound to take the defendant Trust’s figures for the cost of suitable accommodation, the court felt it was the only safe course. Therefore an interim payment of £455,000 was ordered allowing the claimant to look for a suitable home.  

Szatmari v Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust QBD 2012