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Ambulance worker refused compensation for crash injuries

An ambulance worker who suffered severe personal injuries after being hit by an uninsured driver has been told he will not receive road traffic accident compensation.

The 58-year-old was left with severe injuries after being hit by a quad bike in 2010. His injuries included two broken legs, eight broken ribs, a punctured lung and dislocated shoulder. He was also in a coma for eight days following the collision.

The man had been helping at the scene of another accident when the quad biker, who had been banned from driving and been uninsured to drive the vehicle, ran into him.

Due to the severity of his injuries, the ambulance worker has been unable to return to work since the accident took place.

However, he has now been told by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority that he will not be entitled to road traffic accident compensation, after the board decided that there had been no criminal intent.

A spokesperson for the organisation stated, "We compensate blameless victims of violent crime. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which is set by Parliament, makes clear we can only compensate someone hit by a vehicle if the vehicle was used deliberately to injure.

"Innocent victims of uninsured or untraced drivers should instead contact the Motor Insurers' Bureau, a company funded by the insurance industry."



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*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot be provided.