05 September 2013
Injured biker wins compensation from insurance company
A man who was left paralysed from the neck down following a motorcycle accident in 2008 has won a huge compensation package expected to be worth £10 million.
Darren Russell, 28, from Stockport, has to have round-the-clock care and cannot move without a wheelchair because of extensive injuries sustained in the incident, according to the Press Association.
Mr Russell was rushed to hospital after his Kawasaki motorbike was hit by a lorry that was turning from a side road on the A6 highway, but failed to stop in time. The impact of the crash sent the rider flying through the air - before he hit an adjacent farm building and broke his neck.
After a prolonged period in a medical institution, Mr Russell was told by doctors that he would never be able to move again and that his breathing would be dependent on a ventilator.
However, the 28-year-old has been able to do without this cumbersome device since surgeons fitted a phrenic nerve pacer device inside his chest, which regulates the ex-biker's air intake.
When the case reached court, the lorry driver admitted he was at fault for the crash, but the trucker's insurance company refused to plead that it was liable for the incident. So complex was the testimony of all parties involved, three separate accident reconstruction experts were asked to assess the evidence and present a conclusion.
After a lengthy High Court trial in Liverpool, it was decided that the lorry driver was "100 per cent" responsible for the accident.
The trucker's insurance company will now have to cover rehabilitation costs and a 24 hour care package - as well as adapted vehicles and wheelchairs.
This is expected to make a big difference for Mr Russell, who might now be able to focus on making as positive a recovery as possible from the tragic incident. But as a C2 tetraplegic, it is likely the man will have to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
By Francesca Witney
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