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So far, season 5 of Game of Thrones has most people on the edge of their seats (especially from episode 6, which we are all still shocked about.)

Despite the compelling story lines, it is clear that one of its most controversial and memorable aspects are the horrible, yet riveting personal injuries that have been inflicted on many of the characters both beloved and hated.

The medical costs and other forms of compensation may be difficult to quantify in a fictional world like Westeros (considering it has magic and medieval level technology), yet injuries to the characters may be quantified for general damages if they were contrasted with similar injuries in real life.

It is important to note for this article that the figures do not provide a completely accurate overview of the total compensation these characters would be due when considering the impact of the injuries on their regular lives. These amounts are hypothetical in nature and do not consider other specific damages such as medical costs, wage losses, impact on leisure activities, etc. These other heads of damages are important to consider and would also form as a part of any claim for compensation.

With the help of our office Game of Thrones fan Kris, we will take an interesting spin on the show beginning from Season 1 through the legal context of Australian personal injury law. For the purposes of this assessment, we will use the Injury Scale Values for injuries arising on or after 1/7/2014.

If you have not watched the show, then this is our spoiler alert warning. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Brandon Stark – Paraplegia (Injury scale value of 60-80)

The first victim on our list is Brandon Stark, a young boy who is pushed out of a tower window by Jaime Lannister after being witness to Jaime’s incestual relationship with his twin sister Cersei.

Jaime’s fall subjects him to a coma over a couple of weeks and also results in him being unable to use his legs and requiring the assistance of the fan favourite helper: Hodor.

General Damages: Bran may receive general damages compensation from $165,650 to $248,350. Our team is split between the specific ranges he would receive but we all agree that it is most likely in higher end of this scale because of his age and dependency on assistance. Another factor to consider would be his ability to participate in daily activities, including employment. (However, this is argued due to the presence of magic and the fact that some of us have read the book.)

Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark – Decapitation (Wrongful Death Claim)

*The civil law also applies to most deaths on the show, including Viserys in Season 1.*

The noble Ned Stark was a short lived favourite of some of our staff. He was publicly beheaded by Jeoffrey Lannister in front of his daughters Sansa (and arguably Arya) during the first season.

Damages: There are no general damages for a wrongful death claim and the family may only claim funeral costs with respect to Ned specifically. The beheading was not a prolonged death so there are no additional expenses that would have accrued while he was dying.

However, Ned Stark’s dependents may be able to claim loss of financial dependency (since he was a King) that would accrue up to the time the children would become financially independent (finish school, move out, etc.) For his spouse Catelyn Stark, she would be able to claim financial dependence up until the retirement age of the deceased.

The children and spouse may also claim non-financial dependency (domestic or other work the deceased used to do for the family.) Our team was split on this since a king doesn’t have to really do anything, but some concede that him taking the kids out to activities may allow some compensation under this head of damage.

Ned’s family may also be eligible for a nervous shock claim if they suffer a diagnosable psychiatric condition as a result of being witness to Ned’s death. Compensation for this would include medical costs such as medication, counseling, general damages, loss of income, etc.)

Khal Drogo – Laceration to the Chest (Injury scale value of 0-4)

The leader of the horde, Khal Drogo, is challenged by one of his raiding leaders Mago to a duel where he suffers a minor laceration to the chest.

General Damages: Assuming that there is an actual civil claim (since it was technically a consensual fight), Khal Drogo would only receive a maximum of $5,440 in general damages for his cut. This is also assuming that medical advancements today apply and he would have made a speedy recovery. In the show later on, his injury would lead to sickness, a catatonic state and his eventual euthanasia. However, for these additional conditions there are arguably other factors there that break the chain of causation (including magic) that would otherwise have led to additional liability.

Marillion the Bard – Loss of Tongue (Injury scale value of 21-45)

All poor Marillion (in the book it’s an unnamed character) did was compose a song about the death of King Robert. For that, King Jeoffrey orders that his tongue be cut out.

General Damages: Arguably for this kind of injury, Marillion may receive general damages compensation from $37,860 to $110,400 for extreme facial scarring of the mouth. The range will probably be in the upper range because of the psychological effect and its disfiguring nature. He is also relatively young (probably in his 20’s).

As a side note, Since he is a bard, a major damage would be his loss of employment income.

To be continued…

Check out our blog regularly for when we cover the injuries of Season 2. What do you think of our assessment? What injuries do you want us to analyse? You can let us know on our Facebook Page.


The Complexity of Calculating Damages

Calculating general damages for an injury is a difficult process and is open to much argument from both your compensation claim and the insurance company’s lawyers. These complexities should not be taken for granted because if you are unaware of the many applications of the law, you may be undervaluing your injury, or at worst, losing your right to compensation.

If you have been injured in an accident, it is highly recommended that you speak to an accredited specialist in personal injury to not only get the initial legal advice you need, but to also understand better the compensation laws and how they may result in favour of your claim.

East Coast Injury Lawyers can help you with your accident claim. We are led by accredited specialists in personal injury who also have insurance defence experience and are willing to assist you in your claim by arguing on your behalf for the ranges in the injury value scale that truly reflect your injuries.

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    Sean Delpopolo

    Sean Delpopolo

    Sean is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.*

    Sean specialises in work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, brain and head injury claims, spinal injury claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    He has been running personal injury claims in Queensland for over 25 years. Sean founded our firm in 2004 and the firm has grown and gone from strength to strength on the background of outstanding service, incredible results and charging really fair fees.

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    As a father of two daughters, Sean understands that his clients’ personal injury claims can make a huge difference to their lives and the lives of those around them. This is why he has made it his life’s work to fight for the “little guy” to obtain the compensation they deserve.

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    Helen Ashton

    Helen Ashton

    Helen is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.*

    As an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, having been awarded the highest achiever award for the course in 2015, Helen has a high level of knowledge and technical expertise. Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2001, she also has extensive experience in running all types of personal injury claims.

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    As a mother of three young children, Helen understands the impact events can have on a family unit and works proactively to achieve the right result for her clients in the shortest possible timeframe. Helen has the ability and the experience to assist clients with a wide variety of claims, including any personal injury claims with a high level of complexity and those that have had catastrophic consequences.

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    Nickelle Morris

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    Nickelle is an expert in personal injury claims and has been recognised by the Queensland Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.* She was awarded the highest achiever award for the accreditation course which she completed in 2022. Nickelle was also a finalist in the Special Counsel of the Year category in the Australian Law Awards in 2019.

    Nickelle has been practising exclusively in personal injury litigation for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in catastrophic claims and fatality claims across all practice areas.

    Nickelle specialises in catastrophic injury claims (including traumatic brain injuries, acquired brain injuries and other head injuries, amputations, severe burns and spinal cord injuries resulting in tetraplegia, paraplegia and the like), National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIISQ) claims, work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, public liability injury claims, medical negligence claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    Nickelle prides herself on being a technical, yet practical and compassionate lawyer. She takes her time to understand her client’s situation and to ensure that they have an understanding of their rights and entitlements. Nickelle is a tenacious and passionate advocate for her clients and is dedicated to being proactive in ensuring her client’s needs are met and achieving the best outcome for her clients.

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    Barry Mcgee

    Barry has always loved a spirited debate, and, with over 20 years specialising exclusively in personal injury litigation, his passion, skill and ability to assist his clients is well known throughout the Queensland profession.

    Barry specialises in work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, construction accident claims, mining accident claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    Barry’s legal career began in his native Scotland, where he qualified as a Solicitor in 1998. Upon qualifying, he worked for a boutique practice, and then a top-tier national firm, representing a number of different insurers across a variety of industries. With years of working for insurers under his belt, Barry is able to see matters through the eyes of his legal opponents. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say!

    He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007. In Australia, he commenced working for a large national firm, where he spent 15 years practicing in personal injury litigation. He was made a Partner of the firm in 2011 and spent 11 years as the firm’s dedicated in-house Special Counsel. As Special Counsel, Barry provided expert advocacy and strategical advice and assistance to the firm’s personal injury lawyers and clients of the firm alike.

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    Charlotte Evans

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    Charlotte specialises in sexual abuse claims, work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, construction accident claims, mining accident claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    She is committed to fighting for the rights of plaintiffs and helping her clients through the legal maze, to achieve outcomes that put people back in control of their lives. She has had experience in taking a number of personal injury cases to Trial and winning hard fought cases for her clients and she does not shy away from a challenge.

    Charlotte has a friendly and approachable personality and strives to cut through the legal jargon to make the personal injury claim process understandable for her clients whilst ensuring that her clients are also kept well informed throughout their claim.

    Out of the office Charlotte is a busy Mum, who now enjoys the privileges of living in beautiful Queensland and making the most of all it has to offer.

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    Prue Prescott

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    Prue enjoys handling the more complex claims, such as traumatic brain injury, fatal injury and nervous shock claims, as well as claims involving complex legal principles. Prue seeks to use her Masters qualification in writing and literature to tell each and every client’s individual story, ensuring they are treated fairly by insurers and that they obtain the compensation they deserve.

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