24 November 2008
MP takes accident compensation claim to parliament
An MP has taken up the plight of a north-west man who was seriously injured in a road accident and is seeking a payout.
Dr Brian Iddon, who is the MP for Bolton south-east, has brought up the issue at the House of Commons, the Bolton News reports.
Four years ago, Rajendra Vanker was struck by a motorist who had had a heart attack and died at the wheel in a street in Farnworth - a town situated in Greater Manchester.
He suffered injuries which were so severe that he had to quit his job as a research scientist.
Mr Vanker stated: "I fractured both my knees and despite an operation and 11 months physiotherapy I've still got serious mobility problems. I can't walk long distances and my driving is restricted. Four years down the line, it's not got any better."
Because the driver of the car that hit him was unaware of the medical condition which caused his cardiac arrest, his insurers have not issued compensation.
Dr Iddon is calling for a fund to be established by insurers so that victims like Mr Vanker receive payouts for their suffering.