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Four-year fight for compensation sees success

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An Essex family has finally been awarded with compensation following an accident that happened in 2010.  Martin Vann and his wife had been on holiday in Vilamoura in the Algarve when a speeding driver hit them while crossing the road to return to their car. Mr Vann, from Westcliffe-on-Sea near Southend, died after the accident and his wife was left with serious injuries. They’re children have been fighting for compensation ever since.

The couple had been on holiday with their son Alex Vann and their daughter Julia Plappert, and their partners, when the accident happened. Following an evening meal, they had been crossing the road to return to their car when a speeding car hit them. The driver, a Brazilian national who was living in Portugal, had been driving at around 60mph when he hit the elderly couple.  Mr Vann was taken straight to hospital, where he died a few days later, and his wife was airlifted back to the UK with a severe brain injury.  She spent nine months in a rehabilitation unit following the accident.

Care for the rest of her life

The children of Mr and Mrs Vann have been fighting for compensation ever since the accident in 2010, and were finally awarded at the beginning of the week.  Even though the driver of the car admitted liability, he initially denied responsibility for the accident in the lead up to the trail.  The High Court ruled that the driver was liable earlier this week.  Alex and Julia are planning to settle compensation out of court, while the local council currently funds their mother’s care.  She will require care for the rest of her life.

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