A 22-year-old woman, who sustained catastrophic brain injuries when she was hit by a taxi when only 14 years of age, has had a 3 million pounds compensation settlement approved by the High Court in London.
Vicki Hart, from Guisborough, Teeside, was crossing a road in January 2004 when the taxi driver did not see her due to wet weather conditions and knocked her down. Vicki sustained manye injuries including a broken neck, a fractured skull and brain damage which later caused a major stroke. Doctors said at the time that it was probable that she would die, however Vicki survived her injuries – although now experiencing profound disabilities which mean she requires 24-hour care.
A 3 million pounds brain injury compensation award was agreed with the insurers of the negligent driver and, in London´s High Court, Judge Mr Justice Spencer said that he had “no hesitation” in approving the compensation agreement – praising both Vicki´s mother, Karen, and her step-father for their commitment and devotion to Vicki.