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Designer awarded £1.3m after falling from moving bus

A designer who suffered catastrophic brain injury when he fell from a moving bus has been awarded £1.3m in compensation.

The accident happened in 2005. The man was travelling on the bus when the doors shut on him causing him to fall to the ground.

He suffered brain injuries which impaired his ability to carry out even simple tasks. His memory and his ability to concentrate were severely impaired, and his vision was reduced to the extent that he was classified as registered blind.

Before the accident he had been employed as a designer and his work prospects were good. His injuries meant he would never be able to walk again and he required constant prompting to carry out the ordinary activities of daily living.

He needed supervision at home and could not be left alone with his child due to safety fears.

His life expectancy was reduced by approximately five years.

He brought an action against the bus company alleging that the driver had been negligent in failing to operate the doors properly and by driving away while he was trapped in the doors.

The company disputed how the accident occurred but the court found in the designer’s favour and held that he had not been negligent himself or contributed to the cause of the accident.

The bus company then agreed to pay compensation of £1.3m in an out-of-court settlement. The designer will also receive payments of £31,500 a year for the rest of his life.

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