17 July 2009
Compensation package agreed following serious road accident
A payout deal has been agreed between a soldier who was seriously injured in a road accident and the insurers of the driver whose vehicle he collided with.
David Gratton was travelling in an army Land Rover near Basingstoke when it struck a milk tanker.
So serious was the damage he sustained that he was pronounced clinically dead for over 40 minutes and medics were told not to resuscitate him.
However, the 26-year-old regained consciousness on his own and, after arriving in hospital, a surgeon was able to save his life.
Mr Gratton, who now lives alone following the breakdown of his marriage, relies on carers 24 hours a day and still suffers from mobility and cognitive problems.
The milk tanker driver's cover provider, Royal and Sun Alliance, accepted liability and agreed to the terms of a settlement.
Although the details of the payout have not been made public, it is thought that the money paid by the insurer - which was created following the merger of Royal Insurance and Sun Alliance - will amount to a substantial sum.