In what is thought to be a record for personal injury claims, a sixth-form student has been awarded £17.5 million following an accident in a public place.
Chrissie Johnson was left in intensive care at the Royal London Hospital for ten days with serious brain injuries after the car she was travelling in was hit by a lorry.
And now, after a four-year legal battle, the insurers of the driver have settled the claim at the High Court.
Discussing the development, Ms Johnson's mother Gina Smith noted that she would give it all up just to "have my beautiful angel back as she was before this tragedy".
Paul Kitson, PI partner at RJW, commented on the story, saying: "Chrissie's settlement may well be a record personal injury recovery in the UK. The damages will provide compensation for her past and future care. Given the severity of Chrissie's injuries, the future care costs will be substantial. The accident occurred when Chrissie had her whole life in front of her and therefore the settlement includes substantial damages for future loss of earnings."
And Mrs Justice Swift made further remarks, stating that money cannot redress the damage done, although it can be used to improve Ms Johnson's quality of life.
Earlier this year, former champion cyclist Manny Helmot was awarded approximately £14 million after he was hit by a car during a training exercise in 1988, an accident that resulted in brain damage.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett