19 January 2011
Man awarded £7.2m injury compensation
A man who sustained a serious head injury while on duty has been awarded a personal injury compensation settlement of £7.2 million.
Kevin Cleightonhills, who is 26 years old, suffered severe brain damage when he was struck by a falling gantry at the Bembridge Outboards boatyard on the Isle of Wight, which is located off the south coast of England, in September 2006.
The potentially life-threatening incident occurred as he attempted to store a boat and he now requires 24-hour care and medical attention after being given a five per cent chance of survival by doctors and experts in the aftermath of the accident.
Mr Cleightonhills had to undergo extensive surgery on the affected area and needed to have his forehead replaced by a titanium plate, according to the Isle of Wight County Press.
The compensation award is likely to be spent on the cost of providing round-the-clock support for the man, as he will never be able to live independently.
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