14 July 2010
Ex-rugby player gets compensation for brain injuries
A man who suffered brain damage as a result of an accident seven years ago has been awarded compensation.
In 2003, Brian Agard - who used to play and coach at Waterhead Rugby Club - was hit by a motorbike as he crossed the road in the north-west town of Oldham, which is situated by the Pennines, the Manchester Evening News reports.
As a result of the force of the impact, the 44-year-old sustained a shattered left leg below the knee, which had to be amputated.
Complications following the operation resulted in brain damage and blindness.
Thanks to legal action brought by him and his wife, Maxine, he is now to receive £5.6 million for his suffering.
Some of this will be paid in the form of a lump sum, while the rest will be paid in annual instalments.
According to Mr Justice Wyn Williams, who was the judge in the case, the settlement is "fair and proper".
He went on to praise the care provided to Mr Agard by his spouse.
Paul Kitson, personal injury solicitor at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "This is a tragic case of a once active man whose life has been altered beyond recognition by the negligence of another.
"The award will reflect both an amount for his life changing injuries as well compensation for his past and future care needs, equipment requirements (including prosthetics) as well as loss of earnings."
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