A 23-year-old man has received a six-figure personal injury compensation award after being hit by a drunk driver outside a Somerset nightclub.
As a result of the accident the man, who was just seventeen at the time, suffered numerous fractures to his lower left leg as well as extensive muscle damage. Emergency surgery did save his leg but he has had to undergo a lot of operations since then to help it recover. He now has one leg longer than the other and needs specialist shoes to help him walk.
He had been planning to start a career in IT and was doing a course at sixth form college to kick-start his ambition. But instead of furthering his career, he ended up spending five months trying to learn to walk again.
The man’s father decided to contact his union, Unite, for advice. They put him in touch with a firm of personal injury solicitors who agreed to pursue a personal injury claim against the insurance company of the drunk driver.
The driver was prosecuted and sentenced to nine months in jail. His insurance company admitted liability for the accident and agreed to compensate the victim for his injuries.
The young man has abandoned his plans to work in IT and hopes the compensation will enable him to have another operation and take fitness instruction qualifications so that he can help people who have been involved in similar incidents regain control of their lives.