15 March 2010
Man left with brain damage after crash secures compensation
A man who suffered serious injuries in a road accident has been awarded compensation to cover the costs of his care.
In October 2006, Stuart Bridge was riding his motorbike to work when he was struck by driver Carli Bates.
As a result of the impact, he was thrown from his bike and sustained damage to his head, which meant he had to undergo months of rehabilitation.
The 53-year-old now has slurred speech and balance and mobility problems, as well as concentration issues.
Ms Bates pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in April 2007.
Because she was uninsured, the Motor Insurers' Bureau - which was set up in 1946 - accepted liability on her behalf and will pay the settlement.
As well as a lump sum of £1.25 million, Mr Bridge will receive £57,000 a year for the rest of his life, it was agreed at the Manchester District Registry of the High Court.
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