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Durham collision victim gains personal injury payment

A 60-year old from County Durham has received a compensation payment of £8000 for personal injury damages after being struck by an illegally driven car in 2007.

That car had been driven by a boy who was uninsured, unlicensed, under age, and under the influence of alcohol. He ran from the scene of the accident, and was later arrested hiding in a garden further down the road. The passenger, who was insured to drive the car, was arrested at the scene.

The car accident victim's personal injury included a fracture of the skull, cuts and bruises, and the re-opening of the surgical wound where he had just had a knee operation, leading to further surgery. His resulting personal injury claim was supported by both the trade union Unite and a no win, no fee solicitors firm. The car owner's insurance company met the claim, although they had not insured the teenager.

A Unite spokesperson said, "There are many thousands of accidents on the road each year that involve individuals who flout the law by failing to stop at the scene. Fortunately, [the victim] was a Unite member and was able to get the compensation he deserves for the injuries he suffered and the time he had to have off work."



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