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Road Accident Victim Wins Multi-Million Pound Settlement

A man who was left with severe disabilities after a horrific road accident caused by another motorist has been awarded millions of pounds in compensation.

Nazer Ahadi, 22, was on his way to work at a bakery when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle which was trying to overtake a lorry.

In hospital, he was treated for extensive brain damage. Doctors thought that he would never walk again, but he has made remarkable progress following hard work in rehabilitation. He has nevertheless been left with substantial long-term problems and will continue to need to undergo extensive rehabilitation and require around-the-clock care.

In court, the judge awarded Mr Ahadi a lump sum of £2.3 million and periodical payments of £145,000 a year for life. A large proportion of this amount will pay for the specially adapted home Mr Ahadi needs, as well as meeting the cost of his ongoing care needs.

This case illustrates the serious and long-term impact that an accident such as this can have. Statistics from the Department for Transport indicate that 230,905 people were injured on Great Britain’s roads in 2008, with 2,538 people killed and 26,034 seriously injured.

Record £11 Million Payout for Injured Passenger

A man who was left paralysed after a car crash has won a payout estimated to be worth £11.15 million. It is believed to be the highest ever personal injury settlement in the UK.

Wasim Mohammed, 22, was a front seat passenger in a car being driven by a friend. The driver, who was travelling at more than 40 mph in a 30 mph zone, was trying to overtake another car at a junction when it started to turn, causing Mr Mohammed’s friend to lose control of his vehicle and crash into a wall.

Mr Mohammed was left tetraplegic, with little function in his arms and none at all in his legs. He will require the assistance of carers for the rest of his life.

The settlement was reached shortly before the claim was due to be heard in court. Mr Mohammed will receive a lump sum of £4.25 million, together with annual periodical payments of £235,000. He has bought a house opposite his parents’ home so that he can be close to his family but still have some independence.

The driver of the car was convicted of careless driving and received nine penalty points on his licence.

Injured Motorcyclist Wins £1.25 Million

A green-keeper who suffered a serious brain injury after being knocked off his motorbike has been awarded a £1.25 million settlement in compensation.

Stuart Bridge, 53, was knocked off his motorbike in Manchester city centre by an uninsured driver. He was thrown over the car bonnet and crashed into a bollard, landing on his head.

In the accident, Mr Bridge’s spine was fractured and he suffered a severe head injury. He underwent months of rehabilitation and has been left with poor concentration, mobility problems and slurred speech. As a result, he has been unable to return to work as head green-keeper at a golf club.

As the car driver was uninsured, Mr Bridge’s claim was dealt with by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), an organisation set up for the purpose of compensating the victims of negligent uninsured and untraced motorists.

The High Court awarded Mr Bridge a lump sum of £1.25 million plus periodical payments of £57,500 a year. These amounts are to cover his lost income and pension as well as the cost of his care, therapy and a car and home adapted to meet his needs.

The driver of the uninsured car was fined and had her licence endorsed for driving without due care and attention.

 

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