31 August 2012
Brain-damaged son seeking £300k damages from mother
A son is seeking more than £300,000 in compensation from his mother after he suffered life-changing injuries during a road traffic accident.
Anton Dublin is taking legal action on the basis that he was left brain damaged following a car crash on the Eastern Bypass in Oxford in May 2005, according to the Oxford Times.
The 20-year-old is insistent that the negligence of his mother Angela Jacobs is the reason he is now unable to get a good job as she decided to squeeze seven children into her Citroen Xsara on a trip to celebrate his 13th birthday.
Three of Mr Dublin's 13-year-old friends - Marshall Haynes, Josh Bartlett and Liam Hastings - and 21-year-old student Howard Hillsdon passed away when Ms Jacobs drove into oncoming traffic.
Ms Jacobs was imprisoned for two years in 2006 after admitting four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and it was established that just one of her seven passengers was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision with Mr Hillsdon.
As well as brain damage, Mr Dublin's High Court writ claims he has also suffered memory, concentration and behavioural issues and fractures to his neck and collarbone.
On top of his intensive rehabilitation, the 20-year-old also required surgery on a leg injury and his legal documentation alleges that his injuries have left him unable to complete his college courses.
In addition, during a hearing at Oxford Crown Court, Mr Dublin claimed he is entitled to further provisional damages on the grounds that he may develop epilepsy in the future.
Dwain Hayes, father of one of the victims Marshall Haynes, told the news source the incident had a devastating impact on the local community as a whole as well as the families affected.
"I don't think it will ever go away. It is still as raw then as it is now," he added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas
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