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Hit and run victim awarded £250,000 in compensation

A woman who was left paralysed by a hit and run driver in 2005 has been awarded £250,000 in interim car accident compensation.

The 26-year-old woman had been crossing Wye Bridge Street in Monmouth, Wales, when she was hit by an uninsured driver. The woman sustained severe personal injuries in the accident and has been left 99% paralysed, which means that while she is fully aware of her surroundings she can only communicate by blinking her eyelids.

The injuries were so serious the young woman has been forced to spend the last five years in Rookwood Hospital in Llandaff, Cardiff, receiving twenty-four hour care.

The driver of the vehicle is currently serving a prison sentence after fleeing from the accident and later burning his car to destroy the evidence against him.

The woman is now launching a car accident compensation claim with the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB), an organisation set up to compensate innocent victims of drivers who do not have insurance.

Although a settlement is yet to be agreed, due to the severity of the accident the claim could result in a substantial pay-out. In the meantime, a High Court Judge has sanctioned an interim payment of £250,000 which will enable the claimant to leave hospital and seek private care at home.



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