30 July 2009
Family of teacher killed in cycling accident secures £580k in compensation
The family of a man who died on his way back from work as a teacher in Bolton has been awarded a payout of £580,000, the BBC reports.
In October 2004, David Kerslake was travelling home on his bike when he was struck by a driver who had suffered a hypoglycaemic attack.
Such attacks are caused by an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood and are generally suffered by people with diabetes.
Mr Kershaw, who was 44 when he lost his life, was applying to become a deputy head at Sharples School when the accident happened.
Recently, it was ruled that the insurers of the driver involved in the accident should issue compensation to the bereaved family.
Responding to the development, Mr Kershaw's widow Jacqueline said: "The money will never bring David back, but at least I feel like we have some kind of future at last."
Paul Kitson, partner at Russell Jones and Walker, commented: "The fact that the motorist suffered a hypoglycaemic attack is not a defence if he was aware that there was a risk of this happening.
"In fatal accident claims, the surviving spouse/partner is entitled to a statutory bereavement award (currently £11,800).
"This covers funeral expenses and a dependency claim for the loss of financial contribution the deceased would have made to the household.
"In addition to this a calculation is made which accesses the value of the non financial contribution such as gardening, housework, childcare etc.
"The size of this award reflects the fact that Mr Kerslake was relatively young and in well-paid employment with scope for promotion."
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