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£2.3m to man facing lifetime of disability

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A 26-year-old man, who remains anonymous, has been awarded £2.3million after he was hit by a drink-driver in Wiltshire. The man, who was 20 at the time, had been walking home in the early hours of the morning with his girlfriend when the driver ploughed into him, causing him severe injuries.

It was heard in London’s High Court that the severity of the impact left the victim with serious physical injuries and also brain damage. He remained in hospital and rehabilitation for three years following the accident.  

Mr Justice Holroyde said in court that the couple had been walking side-by-side on a very narrow pavement when the accident happened. He added that the man had been walking along the side of the road when there was no space, allowing his girlfriend to walk on the pavement. A motorist who was “under the influence” of alcohol and driving at an “excessive speed” hit him, leaving him with life-changing injuries.

“remarkable recovery”

Following the accident, the victim had to undergo emergency surgery to his skull, which was severely fractured. He also had to have the ligaments replaced in his left knee. Since the accident, he has completely lost the vision of his left eye and the use of his right arm and hand. Mr Justice Holroyde praised the victim for such a “remarkable recovery” considering the severity of his brain injuries. The man faces a lifetime of disability.

It was heard in court that the victim is to receive a £2.3million lump sum, as well as index-linked and tax-free payments of £105,000 every year to cover his care costs. If he goes on to suffer any more conditions caused by the accident, he is eligible to claim more compensation.

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