A motorcyclist who was left paralysed from the neck down following an accident has been awarded a payout which could reach £10 million.
Darren Russell, 28, was flung from his Kawasaki motorbike when it was hit by a lorry in Stockport back in 2008.
The crash left him requiring permanent help with his breathing and confined to a wheelchair.
After an out-of-court settlement meeting, Mr Russell has been awarded a £4.1 million lump sum, plus tax-free payments of £240,000 a year to cover his care for the rest of his life.
Depending on his life expectancy, the total payout might reach in the region of £10 million.
He suffered the calamitous injuries when his motorcycle was hit by a lorry turning onto the A6 from a side road, which failed to brake in time.
Mr Russell’s Kawasaki was sent flying into a nearby farm building, resulting in a broken neck for the rider, with doctors confirming he was paralysed from the neck down once he was in hospital.
Initially his breathing was dependent on a ventilator but an intricate surgical procedure saw a phrenic nerve pacer fitted to control his breathing.
Insurers denying liability
The driver of the lorry admitted that he did not see the motorcyclist until it was too late but his insurers disputed liability.
Three accident reconstruction experts launched an investigation into the case and legal proceedings got underway in the summer of 2010.
When the case went to a High Court trial in Liverpool, the judge found the lorry driver to be 100% responsible for the crash.
This was despite the defendant’s insurers maintaining a complete denial of liability.
Compensation goes beyond a “payout”
A compensation package was awarded to Mr Russell to cover his rehabilitation and the requirements that his new life will need.
This includes the purchase of a specialist home to suit his needs, as well as ensuring he has a care provider available at all times of the day and night.
Additional therapies, adapted vehicles and wheelchairs will also be covered.
The solicitor who acted for Mr Russell described the case as a ‘great victory’ as it means the victim will have ‘sufficient funds’ available to have the best possible quality of life.
If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and negligence or blame can be proved to lie elsewhere, look for solicitors with legal expertise and biking experience to pursue a motorcycle accident claim on your behalf.