A young girl is to receive one of the biggest ever awards for compensation after a car accident left her seriously disabled.
The girl, who is still less than ten years old, was a toddler at the time of the incident. She was a passenger in her parents’ stationary vehicle when the car was struck from behind by a van being driven by a council worker.
She suffered a life-threatening skull fracture in the crash and had to undergo extensive treatment including major surgery followed by residential rehabilitation. Doctors who helped her after the incident were concerned that she would not live through the ordeal.
While she had achieved a remarkable recovery, she will never be able to walk independently, to speak or even to use her arms.
Hampshire County Council admitted liability for the accident and agreed to pay the girl a lump sum of just under £9 million followed by annual payments of £145,00 per year until she is 12, rising to £155,000 per year until she is 19 years old. After that the payments will rise to £250,000 per year for the rest of her life.
The judge for the case said that if the girl lives to the age of 70, as should reasonably be expected, the compensation should amount to around £28 million. The reason for the size of the pay out is due to the complexity of her needs and the sheer volume of care she will need in order to enjoy her life to the best of her abilities.
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