A 14-year-old boy has been awarded £30,000 compensation for injuries he sustained in a road accident.

The boy was only two years old when the accident happened in 1998. He was travelling unrestrained on the back seat of a car when the driver lost control and swerved off the road. The boy was thrown through the windscreen.

He sustained head and stomach injuries. He was in an intensive care unit for seven days before he woke up and began to say a few words. He became anxious and depressed, and was diagnosed as suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

The fracture to his head healed but he was left with a permanent scar which he found upsetting. He brought an action for damages alleging that the accident had been caused by the negligence of the driver.

The driver admitted liability but was not insured so the claim was brought against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.

He was awarded £30,000 compensation for his pain, suffering and loss of amenity. There was no deduction for contributory negligence in not wearing a seat belt as he was only a child at the time of the accident.

Anyone who is injured as a result of someone else’s negligence is entitled to claim compensation.

Please contact Tracey Stringer of our Personal Injury Department if you would like more information.

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