Brain Damaged Car Crash Victim Compensated

October 26th, 2015 | By injuryclaims

The compensation claim for a young man who sustained serious brain injuries whilst a passenger in a car has been settled.

The accident occurred when Jack Mitchell, now aged twenty-three, was just seventeen years old. He was a passenger in his friend’s Fiant Punto and, whilst driving in London, a fox ran in front of the car. Jack’s friend swerved to avoid the animal, yet he crashed the car as a result. 

An ambulance was called to the scene to take the injured teenagers to hospital. Jack was treated for his fractures legs, ribs and lacerated back and neck. However, the most threatening injuries were to his head, which resulted in Jack spending three months in hospital before being moved to a rehabilitation facility. 

Just three weeks after admission, Jack was discharged from the rehabilitation centre. Yet this short period was not adequate, and Jack suffered from exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, and other behavioural issues. 

As Jack was a legal minor, Frances Mitchell, Jack’s mother, made a claim on her son’s behalf for passenger compensation. In the claim, it was alleged that Jack’s friend was negligent and as a result was liable for Jack’s injuries. 

The driver’s insurance company admitted liability for the accident, and negations began to settle the claim for compensation. However, as Jack was a minor when the claim was made, the case had to go to the High Court in London so the settlement could be approved. 

In the court, Mrs Justice Whipple oversaw proceedings. Since the the initial rehabilitation, Jack had moved to a new residential centre in Surrey to help overcome his injuries. Judge Whipple heard of the nature of Jack’s injuries and required rehabilitation, and approved the settlement, which is estimated to be worth £4.3 million. The judge also commended Jack’s family for the care and devotion they showed to their son, wishing the family well for the future. 

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