Louis Browne QC settles amputee claim by Britain’s strongest disabled man

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Acting on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, Louis Browne QC from Exchange Chambers has settled a serious injury claim by Mark Smith, Britain’s strongest disabled man.

The most substantial claims were those for the cost of future prosthetic devices, care, case management and accommodation, which ran into the millions.

Smith served in the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards from 2003 to 2013 on operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served overseas in Jamaica, the Falklands, Kenya and Canada.

In July 2011, while on a live firing exercise in Canada, he was shot several times in his right leg and right shoulder. He has since had 26 operations, losing his right leg and part of his right shoulder.

He spent two years at DMRC Headley Court, learning to walk and run again. In 2016, he decided to move into Disabled Strongman competition, winning Britain’s Strongest Disabled Man at his first attempt.  He is currently the world’s fourth strongest disabled man and his goal is to become the World’s Strongest Disabled Man within the next five years.

Browne has an extensive high value personal injury practice, working particularly for defendants. Smith was represented by Irwin Mitchell.

 

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