22 May 2008
Woman seriously injured in road crash secures payout
A woman who sustained such serious injuries in a road accident that she requires round-the-clock care has been awarded a significant payout.
Tizzy Ellattaoui, who was 24 when the crash occurred, has been awarded a lump sum of £750,000, plus an index-linked amount of £73,000 per year for the rest of her life.
The crash happened on the A418 in Thame in April 1999 when she was being driven by her boyfriend Neil Sullivan.
He lost control of the vehicle and was killed.
Through her mother, Ms Ellattaoui sued her boyfriend's estate and the Motor Insurers Bureau - which was set up in 1946 to compensate the victims of negligent, uninsured and untraced motorists.
Approving the damages, Mr Justice Maddison commented: "Any action in which a claimant suffers such catastrophic injuries as these is bound to impact on many people's lives."
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