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Teenager suffers severe brain injury following motorbike crash

Over £7 million in compensation to allow young man to maximise recovery.

Daniel, aged 16, was a passenger on his dad’s motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a car. He was taken by ambulance to hospital where Glasgow Coma Score increased from 3/15 to 5/15 on arrival. Daniel sustained a severe brain injury, as well as suffering a fracture to the left ankle, an injury to his left hip and contusional lung injuries.

He remained in various hospitals for a number of months before being admitted to a residential unit, where his rehabilitation was funded by an interim payment of his compensation.

As a result of his severe brain injury, Daniel’s cognitive function has been severely affected in respect of attention, concentration and memory. He also has physical impairments including restricted mobility.

Due to his brain injury, Daniel now lacks capacity to handle his financial affairs and there is an increased risk of him developing post-traumatic epilepsy.

The driver of the vehicle admitted liability and was convicted of driving without due care and attention.

We were successful in obtaining a compensation award of over £3 million as a lump sum together with an annual payment, payable for life, to enable Daniel to continue to meet the cost of his rehabilitation, therapy and support. The capital value of the settlement was over £7 million.

Jeanne Evans, Partner within the Personal Injury team here at Potter Rees Dolan, acted for Daniel and said:

"I had the privilege to act for Daniel. The interim payments of over £500,000 enabled us to secure the specialist therapeutic support needed to maximse his recovery. We achieved a settlement which gives him financial security and the ability to make choices about his future"

The names and identifying details of the client have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals involved.

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