11 March 2009
Family of road accident victim fight for compensation
The family of an 11-year-old boy who suffered brain damage in a road accident are fighting for an interim compensation payment.
In September 1998, Benjamin Eeles was in a vehicle which was struck by a coach, Colchester and north Essex publication the Gazette reports.
The incident occurred near Hopton in the eastern county of Norfolk.
Benjamin requires constant care seven days a week as a result of the injuries he sustained.
His family sued Cobham Hire Services, which has admitted liability for the collision.
They are now seeking an interim payment of £1.2 million in order to enable them to purchase a property which they claim is the only suitable one in the area for Benjamin's needs.
According to the Eeles, the home could be adapted to include play and therapy rooms.
In contrast, they claim, the property in which they live currently is becoming increasingly unsuitable for his requirements.