26 March 2013
Footballer seeking £300k damages after motorcycle accident
A professional footballer is seeking personal injury compensation of £300,000 following a road traffic accident in London.
Carlo Cudicini was playing for Tottenham Hotspur at the time of the crash in Walthamstow back in November 2009 and claims the incident left him up to £8.8 million out of pocket, the Sun reports.
The Italian goalkeeper - who now plays for David Beckham's former club LA Galaxy - sustained a broken pelvis and wrist when his motorcycle collided with a Ford Fiesta being driven by Jennifer Barnard in the east London area while he was on the way to training.
In his legal writ, the 39-year-old claims these injuries were caused by the negligence of Ms Barnard, although a five-month police investigation into the accident resulted in the woman being cleared of any wrongdoing.
Cudicini - who spent nine years playing for Chelsea from 2000 to 2009 before moving across town to Tottenham - believes a combination of loss of earnings, future loss of earnings and expenses means he has potentially lost out on £8.8 million as a direct result of the crash.
Even though he has since managed to return to football in the US, the professional believes he may have become first-choice goalkeeper at Tottenham had the collision not happened, which would have resulted in him being awarded an improved contract.
However, while he was out injured, the club signed another goalkeeper - Brad Friedel - to compete with Heurelho Gomes for the position, meaning Cudicini was effectively third choice by the time he was fit again.
Other costs he alleges to have incurred because of the accident include a chauffeur bill of £8,235 and medical charges of over £1,500 for a chiropractor at a clinic on Harley Street.
Ms Barnard - a single mother-of-three - told the news source she was shocked to receive notice of Cudicini's litigation.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas
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