A car passenger has received a large sum in personal injury compensation after the driver of the vehicle crashed into a street sign.
A personal injury solicitor from the law firm Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the passenger was lucky to have survived the accident.
The driver of the car collided with a signpost whilst trying to overtake another vehicle. The metal post hit the car exactly at the point where the passenger was sitting, and as a result the client suffered serious head injuries.
The passenger needed to undergo a long period of hospital treatment during which time it became apparent that the brain injury was very subtle. Although the victim recovered all mobility and pre-crash memory, the accident caused them to lose all their inhibitions.
The injured passenger started making rash decisions and acting in an impulsive manner without thinking of the consequences of their actions. Day-to-day activities, such as going to work, were delayed or dismissed completely.
Fentons lodged a personal injury claim on behalf of the victim, and after lengthy negotiations and medical assessments the court awarded compensation of £1.63 million.
The solicitor in charge of the case said it was highly complex. At first glance, it would not be apparent that the passenger was a head injury victim. However, the lack of self-control will have a long-lasting impact on their ability to work and take care of themself. No amount of money can allow the victim to lead the independent lifestyle they enjoyed prior to the accident.