July 30, 2015
A multi-million pounds settlement of compensation for a brain injury in a car crash in favour of a twenty-one man has been approved in the High Court.
On 7th August 2010, Josh Humphrey (16) from Bognor Regis in West Sussex was a passenger in a car that was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry on the A272 Billingshurst Road. Josh was airlifted to hospital with a traumatic brain injury, while one of the other passengers in the crumpled vehicle – Kirsty Hicks (16) from Slinford in West Sussex – died six days later from her injuries.
Josh received treatment for his traumatic brain injury at several different hospitals and rehabilitation centres over the next few months, before being discharged to live with his parents in a specially adapted bungalow. The driver of the car – Laura Stocker (18) – was charged with causing death by careless driving and given a suspended custodial sentence the following February at Chichester Crown Court.
Josh´s mother – Steph Humphrey – claimed compensation for a brain injury in a car crash against Stocker on her son´s behalf; and, as Stocker had been convicted for causing the crash, her insurance company admitted liability for Josh´s injuries quickly. Nonetheless, it took several years before an acceptable settlement of compensation could be agreed upon.
As Josh had been a legal minor at the time the claim was made on his behalf, the settlement of compensation for a brain injury in a car crash – believed to consist of a seven-figure lump sum payments and annual payments thereafter – had to be approved by a court to ensure that it was in Josh´s best interests.
Consequently, earlier this week, the circumstances of the car crash, Josh´s brain injury and the settlement of the claim were heard at the High Court. The settlement of compensation for a brain injury in a car crash was approved; after which Steph Humphrey had this to say to her local press: “We are grateful this aspect is now over. Nothing will take away Josh’s terrible difficulties but at least we no longer have the huge financial worries that arise as a result of brain injury.”