The Court of Appeal has rewritten the approach to personal injury compensation for capital costs in relation to special accommodation, to reflect ‘modern conditions’.

The outcome is that the claimant, who was awarded zero compensation for a new property by the trial judge, has now been awarded £800,000 to purchase special accommodation.

Swift v Carpenter [2020] EWCA Civ 1295 was a test case on the issue of calculating damages for special accommodation in serious cases.

The claimant had been seriously injured in a road traffic accident and had her leg amputated below the knee.

She won more than £4m in compensation but appealed the decision not to award capital costs of accommodation o...

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