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Substantial Damages for Girl Brain Damaged after being Hit by Car

07 May 2015

Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Solicitor Richard Langton recently obtained court approval of a substantial settlement for his client who was seriously injured when she was hit by a car.

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Richard Langton is a Principal Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Birmingham.

Settlement value: undisclosed

What happened:

Richard's client Bethany Probert, a keen horse rider, was walking home after visiting the stables where she tended to her horse, Troy.

Aged 13 at the time of the accident in December 2009, Bethany was walking in darkness along a country lane, dressed in dark clothing and listening to music via headphones.

Bethany was hit by a car travelling at 50 miles per hour. The driver did not see her and thought he had hit an animal. Bethany suffered a severe head injury and was thrown into a hedge.

How Richard helped: Liability was disputed throughout, but Richard was successful at trial.

Bethany suffers from a number of ongoing health problems as a result of the accident, including limited walking ability and impaired spatial awareness. 

Richard ensured that these factors were taken into account in the settlement.

Decision: The judge found that the driver should have been aware that somebody could be walking in the road. The defendant appealed to the Court of Appeal and eventually offered 90% damages, which Bethany agreed.

Bethany still requires a lot of support in her day-to-day life at the moment, but may one day live reasonably independently and is hoping one day to go to university.

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