27 January 2011
Widow awarded £180k compensation
A widow has been awarded a compensation settlement of £180,000 after her husband died due to injuries he sustained during an accident at work.
According to the Northampton Chronicle & Echo, driving instructor Alan Underwood was 48 years of age when he died in March 2008 after being crushed by a commercial vehicle being driven by one of his students.
Mr Underwood was struck as he assessed the pupil's ability to conduct emergency stops and had told her to brake in time to halt in between two cones laid out while he stood some 15 metres behind, the news source added.
However, the student did not stop in time and crushed him between her light lorry and a parked trailer, causing him fatal injuries.
As a result, the High Court in London - an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice - has ruled that his wife Dawn is due a compensation award of £180,000 for her ordeal on the basis of 70 per cent liability.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens