02 May 2008
Cyclist who suffered severe head injuries wins right to payout
A cyclist who suffered serious head injuries in an accident has won the right to compensation, it has been revealed.
Alan Peter Ide was riding a bike downhill at Chantonbury Ring - a small Iron Age hill fort situated on the South Downs - when he fell, the Sussex Express.
He was rushed into hospital in a coma and, upon regaining consciousness, had no memory of what had happened.
In a subsequent investigation, however, it was revealed that the handlebars of his bike had fractured and sheared off.
Lord Justice Thomas, sitting with Lord Justice Ward and Lord Justice Dyson, has now ruled that Mr Ide - who has lost his sense of taste and smell, as well as suffering from memory and concentration problems - is entitled to compensation.
The amount he will receive is yet to be decided.
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