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Substantial settlement for young man severely brain injured after car accident


Our client was 19 years old when he was involved in a road traffic accident in which he was the front seat passenger in a car driven by a friend. The defendant lost control of the car which collided with another car travelling in the opposite direction and overturned.

Our client suffered a catastrophic brain injury and multiple fractures but has made a remarkable recovery given their severity. Now 24, he still needs 24 hour support and other rehabilitative input, and will do for life, but he is living in his own house and has regained far more function than was ever envisaged.

We brought proceedings against the defendant, claiming that the accident and the injuries, loss and damage our client suffered were caused by the defendant’s negligence. After admitting liability, the defendant’s insurers co-operated in the making of interim payments sufficient to purchase a home and provide for an independent care package.

Following without prejudice discussions and a meeting, a proposed settlement was agreed. The settlement comprises a lump sum and annual periodical payments for our client's continuing support and therapy needs.


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