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Cyclist receives £1million, enabling him to purchase a suitable new home and specially adapted car

24 October 2007

Geoff was cycling to work early one morning when a van driver collided with him. It was accepted that the driver was at fault but his insurers said he should have been wearing a cycle helmet. We obtained expert evidence to show that wearing a helmet would not have reduced the injury and he received a full award. He suffered a fractured bone in his neck paralysing him from the chest downwards. The driver’s insurers agreed to fund a suitable house as his flat could not be adapted for wheelchair access. Interim payments were used to buy a specially adapted car he can drive, and to set up a team of personal care assistants. Geoff was awarded £1 million lump sum plus a guaranteed £100,000 a year tax free payment for life.