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Man who suffered brain damage from car hit gets payout

Man who suffered brain damage from car hit gets payout

A man who suffered severe brain damage and other injuries after being hit by a joyrider in a car has been awarded millions of pounds in compensation, the Argus reports.

Gary Dawes was struck by the vehicle, which was being driven by a drunk 19-year-old, in February 2003 near his home in Hollingdean, Brighton.

The former painter and decorator is now being treated in a rehabilitation centre in Northampton.

His insurance firm NIG, which was established over 100 years ago, had claimed he had forfeited the right to a pay out because he had been under the influence of alcohol himself and had decided to "remonstrate" with the driver prior to the accident.

However, a High Court judge has now ruled that Mr Dawes is due the damages in order to pay for the 24-hour care he will require for the rest of his life.