A man who lost his sexual inhibitions after suffering a head injury at work has been awarded £3.1 million in the High Court. As a result of a personality change following the injury, his behaviour is frequently lewd, his marriage is in difficulties and it is unlikely he will be able to find paid work in the future.
Stephen Tame, 29, of Wickford in Essex, suffered the head injury in 2002 whilst working in a cycle warehouse. After the injury, Mr Tame was in a coma for almost two months and was not expected to survive. However, after two years of rehabilitation, he was much improved.
Unfortunately, the neurological injury changed Mr Tame’s personality and the lack of restraint in his sexual behaviour put considerable strain on his marriage. His altered personality has been particularly difficult to cope with as both Mr and Mrs Tame are church-going Christians.
In court, Judge Michael Harris was of the opinion that Mr Tame's marriage would not survive much longer. In addition, both his career prospects and his chances of having a family have been damaged by the accident. Owing to the problems with his marriage, Mr Tame will in future have to pay for professional support, which partly explains the level of the compensation awarded.
Mr Tame’s former employers, Professional Cycling Marketing, admitted liability for the accident.