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Teenager to be able to make seven-figure claim, judge rules

A High Court ruling has made it possible for a 16-year-old girl to make a claim for catastrophic injuries compensation after she was hit by a car in 2009. Sources believe the settlement figure will be a seven-figure sum.

The accident occurred as the girl, aged 13 at the time, was walking along a road near to Silverstone in Northamptonshire. A local man, who was driving a SAAB, collided with the girl causing her to suffer serious head injuries, a broken collarbone, lung damage and brain injuries.

The judge found that the 57-year-old SAAB driver had been driving at greater speeds than a "reasonably prudent driver" would have, and the fact that he was late for work and extremely familiar with the route may have contributed to the car accident.

Lawyers for the driver claimed that the pedestrian had been partially liable for her injuries as she was not wearing high-visibility clothing and had been wearing headphones. However, the judge dismissed the claims, finding the driver 100 percent liable for the accident.

It is now hoped that a settlement for the catastrophic injuries claim can be reached out of court, but if it is not possible to agree an amount to provide lifetime care and support for the young woman, the case will return to court for a full assessment of her circumstances and the potential costs involved for her future expenses.



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