Lawyers Negotiate £19 Million Settlement of Road Accident Victim's Claim
No amount of money can ever make up for what is lost by those whose lives are ruined by the negligence of others. However, as a £19 million compensation payout to a young road accident victim showed, a settlement can at least bring relief to hard-pressed families and ensure a lifetime of first-rate professional care.
The 23-year-old man was aged just seven when he was knocked down by a car that was using a bus lane to get past stationary traffic. He sustained life-changing brain injuries that have left him with acute behavioural difficulties. He will require intensive treatment throughout his life and is unlikely ever to be able to earn a living.
The driver's insurers admitted liability for the accident and, following extensive negotiations, a final settlement of his case was agreed. In approving the lump-sum payment, the High Court noted that it makes admirable provision for all the professional care he will need during what is expected to be a long life.