Serious injury victim awarded £3m payout

Published: 05/06/2013

A 37-year-old man from Newcastle upon Tyne who suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car driven by a priest is to be awarded over £3milllion in compensation.

James Kennedy, then 30, was on holiday with friends in Rome when he was hit by a car driven by Father Cole, of Merthyr Tydfil, West Wales.

James was left with catastrophic injuries including severe brain damage and fractures to his skull, spine, knee, collarbone and shoulder and, as a result, will now require 24hr care and assistance for the rest of his life.

Under the terms of a settlement agreed with Father Cole’s insurers, James will receive a lump sum of £3 million as well as £210,000 every year to fund the essential care, support, equipment and therapies he now requires.

Adele Whittle, specialist personal injury solicitor and Director of Operations at Goldsmith Williams, comments:

“When a person suffers such serious injuries, not only is their life changed forever but also the lives of their loved ones. It is a hugely traumatic and emotional time that can be made even more overwhelming by the significant financial obligations now required to pay for the necessary care and assistance.

“We believe it is our responsibility to use our experience and expertise to alleviate the financial pressures a serious injury can bring and ensure their long term financial security.”

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