A 25 year old man has been awarded personal injury compensation after he was involved in an accident that left him permanently brain damaged.
In June 2006, James Sedge was hit by a BMW as he crossed a road in the Kent town of Sheerness. Sedge’s head hit a bollard after he was thrown across the road and as a direct result of this he now received catastrophic brain damage and now requires 24 hour care.
His mother lodged a personal injury claim against the driver, Christopher Prime, and the case came before the High Court last week.
The judge ruled that at the time of the accident, Prime was driving too fast, and therefore acted negligently. He went on to apportion blame of 75% on the defendant and although the exact award is still to be determined, it is likely that Sedge will receive a multi-million pound settlement to cover his long-term needs.
In other news, Penny Johnson, a mother of three, has lodged a medical negligence claim against her plastic surgeon for more than £50 million after a botched plastic surgery operation.
The surgeon, Dr Le Roux Fourie, is accused of ruining her career and attempting to cover up his error. If the victim is successful, Fourie could be forced into bankruptcy. Legal costs alone for Johnson’s team of personal injury solicitors already stand at around £3 million and Fourie is only in possession of £10 million in insurance indemnity.