Pay out for Car Crash sur­vivor

Com­pen­sa­tion due for man, 22, af­ter dev­as­tat­ing in­juries

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

A YOUNG Buck­ing­hamshire man who was left with dev­as­tat­ing in­juries af­ter a fa­tal road smash is set to re­ceive sub­stan­tial com­pen­sa­tion af­ter a High Court hear­ing.

Rory Scar­lett, now 22, of Wood Lane, South Heath, was a pas­sen­ger in a Citroen C4 driven by Ryan Grace, then 19, when disas­ter hit in Fe­bru­ary 2012.

The teenager, of Dere­hams Av­enue, Loud­wa­ter, lost con­trol on a bend and slammed the ve­hi­cle side­ways into a tree in Long­bot­tom Lane, Seer Green.

Mr Grace was given a 20-week jail sen­tence, sus­pended for two years in Au­gust 2013.

Mr Scar­lett was in a coma for a month af­ter the ac­ci­dent which cost the life of an­other pas­sen­ger, Hus­sein Shamshudin, 17, from Mill­fields, Che­sham. Both vic­tims had been pupils at Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School in Amer­sham.

Fel­low pas­sen­ger El­liot Cartwright’s arm was badly in­jured while Re­becca Smyth was not se­ri­ously in­jured.

Mr Scar­lett suf­fered se­vere in­juries to his brain and leg but re­cov­ered and was able to re­turn to school a year later in Jan­uary 2013.

Af­ter his lawyers launched le­gal ac­tion against Mr Grace, mo­tor in­sur­ers swiftly ad­mit­ted pri­mary li­a­bil­ity for the ac­ci­dent, the High Court heard.

But there was a dis­pute over whether Mr Scar­lett had con­trib­uted to his own in­juries by fail­ing to wear a seat­belt.

His lawyers were adamant he had, but on Mon­day they agreed to a set­tle­ment on the ba­sis of 85 per cent li­a­bil­ity.

The com­pro­mise guar­an­tees Mr Scar­lett sub­stan­tial com­pen­sa­tion for his pain and suf­fer­ing and to cover his lost earn­ings and the costs of care.

Mr Scar­lett’s mother Laura had to give up her job to look af­ter him.

Mr Jus­tice Ni­col ap­proved the set­tle­ment. The judge said the com­pro­mise on the is­sue of li­a­bil­ity was ‘ap­pro­pri­ate and re­al­is­tic.’

The amount of com­pen­sa­tion will be as­sessed at a later date.

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