Pay out for Car Crash survivor
Compensation due for man, 22, after devastating injuries
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.