November 22, 2013
A motorcyclist, who was left in a coma after a collision with a tractor in Germany, has had the settlement of his injury claim for a bike accident abroad approved at Birmingham High Court.
The motorcyclist – thirty-nine year old Shane Booth from Solihull in the West Midlands – was on a biking holiday in Germany, and returning to his accommodation in Baden-Baden, when the accident occurred in August 2009.
As Shane and a colleague were driving down the B500 Schwarzwaldhochstrasse from the Nurburgh Ring, a tractor turned left immediately across Shane´s path – leaving him nowhere to go except straight into the side of the tractor.
Shane suffered severe brain damage, internal injuries and multiple fractures in the collision and remained in a coma in a German hospital for several weeks before regaining consciousness and being flown back to Coventry Hospital to continue his recovery.
As soon as he was well enough, he was transferred to Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital, where he underwent an intensive rehabilitation program to help him recover his speech and to help him learn to walk again.
Shane made an injury claim for a bike accident abroad against the driver of the tractor – who a police investigation had found responsible for causing the accident and who was convicted of causing bodily harm by negligence.
With liability not in doubt, the only issue that had to be resolved was to ensure that Shane received sufficient compensation to cover his medical costs, the value of his personal injury and the loss of earnings the former IBM sales director sustained.
A figure of £6.1 million was agreed in settlement of Shane´s injury claim for a bike accident abroad and last week the settlement was approved by Birmingham High Court. Shane said after the court hearing “While I do get frustrated with needing support to do simple tasks, looking back at pictures of me, I recognise how extremely lucky I am to even be alive”.