24 October 2008
Musician injured in road accident wins right to seek compensation
A musician who was seriously injured in a road accident four years ago has won the right to pursue a claim for compensation.
Scott Mortimer was struck by a bus on a shopping street in the West Yorkshire town of Wakefield in February 2004.
As a result of the brain damage he sustained, he has been left with mood swings and memory loss.
In addition, he is classified as a protected party and is having to take legal action through his father.
Earlier this year, it was ruled that although Mr Mortimer was 70 per cent responsible for the incident, the bus driver involved was also partly to blame due to the speed he was travelling at and his failure to keep an adequate look out.
Transport firm Arriva Yorkshire opposed the ruling and went to a court of appeal hearing recently.
However, it failed to overturn the decision and now faces a potential payout of hundreds of thousands of pounds.