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Agnes Collier, a teenager who was left paralysed following a car crash, has been awarded £23 million over her lifetime. Made up of an immediate £7.25 million lump sum and annual payments of £270,000, the award exceeds the previous record £12.2 million payout for personal injury.
Her accident occurred back in March 2009, when a motorist pulling out of a side road caused her family’s car to be hit by an oncoming lorry. Her mother was killed and her brother Rufus also suffered a severe head injury. Agnes herself suffered serious spinal injuries which have left her legs completely paralysed and she also has limited arm function.
The offending driver who admitted causing death by driving without due care and attention, was given a six month suspended jail sentence, banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to do 300 hours unpaid community work.
Is it Compensation?
Whilst Ms Collier has now been awarded record damages by the High Court, which will help fund care costs and lost earnings, it can never truly compensate what she lost on the day of the accident.
Head Injury UK: Serious Injury Claim Specialists
Agnes’ case underlines the value of our legal system enabling those who are injured or who lose a relative, due to an individual’s carelessness, to obtain recompense. However access to such justice is currently endangered for a large number of accident victims by legal reforms. Head Injury UK opposes any changes that will effectively prevent innocent victims from obtaining redress. Should you have been injured or lost a loved one due to someone else’s carelessness, then contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you.
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