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South London Man Receives £10m Settlement After Suffering Serious Brain Injury In Car Crash

High Court Approves Funds Which Will Ensure Man Receives Lifetime Specialist Care He Requires

01.02.2019

Andrew Hewitt, Press Officer | 0114 274 4255

A man who suffered a serious brain injury in a car crash has received a £10 million settlement which will fund the specialist care he requires for the rest of his life. 

The man from Bromley, south-east-London, was a passenger in a car which crashed when the driver lost control. As well as permanent brain damage, he suffered a number of serious fractures and organ injuries.

Following the incident in 2012, his family instructed expert serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help the man, in his 30s, access the specialist care and rehabilitation he needs.

Irwin Mitchell secured the man a number of interim payments to help fund his care.

Now the driver’s insurance company has agreed a £10 million settlement which has been approved in the High Court today.

The money will help pay for vital therapies and support workers the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will need as well as specialist equipment such as a powered wheelchair. It will also allow the man to buy a specially adapted property so he can live as independently as possible and cover loss of earnings, as he will never be able to return to work again.

Irwin Mitchell’s Court of Protection team is managing the funds on the man’s behalf to ensure that they last for the rest of his life.

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“The last few years have been an extremely traumatic for my client and his family as they tried to come to terms with how all their lives have changed forever.

“While we are pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing, no amount of money can ever make up for the fact that my client and his family would rather not be in this situation at all.

“This case vividly highlights the consequences that families can be left to deal with because of drivers not paying attention. We urge motorists to take care on the roads at all times so other families don’t have to suffer the pain and hurt that our client and his family have, and will continue to face.”
Sarah Griggs, Partner

The man’s dad added: “Although many years have passed since the collision it is still difficult to come to terms with how my son’s life was changed in a split-second.

“We know that life will never be the same again but the progress he has made because of the rehabilitation programme and care package has been extraordinary.

“All the family are relieved that this settlement now means that he will be able to continue with his rehabilitation and make the most he can of life. We are so proud of the bravery and determination he shows every day.

“We just hope that no other family has to go through the suffering we have been through and that our story acts a warning to drivers to take care.”

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