A seven-figure compensation sum has been awarded to a man who was left severely brain damaged after an accident in London.
Kyle Bullock sustained a major head injury when he fell heavily after stumbling into a pothole on Lightfoot Road, Hornsey in July 2007.
The 38-year-old Australian was walking home from a friend's house when he tripped over and his injuries were so severe that he required brain surgery, leading to him taking legal action against Homes for Haringey.
His case has now finally come to an end nearly six years after the incident after the High Court ordered the housing group to award him "substantial", undisclosed damages settlement.
Initially, Homes for Haringey denied full responsibility for Mr Bullock's life-changing injuries but has now accepted that it did not maintain the road surface to an acceptable standard, meaning the claimant was eligible for compensation.
Since the incident, the man has developed epilepsy and has now moved back to Australia so his family and friends can help in the process of his rehabilitation.
Following the case, Mr Bullock's legal representative Jill Greenfield explained that Mr Bullock has "fought hard to recover a good quality of life following such as terrible accident".
"It is truly shocking to think this could have been avoided if Homes for Haringey had filled these holes. This has to be the worst case of a pothole causing such serious injuries," she noted.
Ms Greenfield went on to say that her client's life has been "turned upside down" by the housing association's failure to keep the road in good enough condition, adding that the group could have taken several "simple steps" that would have prevented this catastrophic accident from taking place.
"I do hope they have learned lessons from this. Red tape really must not compromise residents' safety," she added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas