18 June 2009
Man awarded £340k compensation after suffering head injuries in crash
A man who has been left with memory problems and in need of anti-epilepsy medication as a result of head injuries he suffered in a car crash has been awarded compensation.
Michael Hankins, who finds it difficult to hold down a job as a result of the damage he sustained, pursued his case through the Motor Insurers' Bureau.
The bureau, which was established in 1946 to compensate the victims of uninsured and untraced drivers, has agreed to a payout of £340,000.
Mr Hankins was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by a colleague after a shift at work, who lost control and crashed it into a disused railway bridge.
The 27-year-old was on a life-support machine for five days after the crash.
While he was in hospital, he also had to have blood clots removed from his brain and plastic surgery to rebuild the area around his left eye.