07 July 2008
Road accident victim secures payout
A man who was paralysed in a road accident five years ago has been awarded compensation, it has been revealed.
According to reports in the Express & Echo, James Pankhurst was told at a recent eight-day hearing that he will receive an index-linked sum of £260,000 on an annual basis for the rest of his life.
He is also awaiting a ruling concerning a lump sum.
Mr Panhurst attended the trial in a wheelchair, which he controls using only his chin and tongue.
The 53-year-old is paralysed from the neck down as a result of the crash, which occurred in June 2003 in the small village of Trusham near Chudleigh in Devon.
While on his bike, Mr Pankhurst was hit by a car being driven by an uninsured motorist.
During a previous hearing, which took place in 2006, it was ruled that the driver, Lee White, was entirely responsible for the collision.