A man, who suffered serious brain damage when knocked from his bike on the A59, has resolved his compensation claim for an accident with a car in Oldham.
In September 2010, John Wellock (65) was cycling along the A62 in Oldham, when his bike was hit by a car that had pulled out in front of him. John was knocked from his bike and – despite wearing a cycling helmet – John suffered serious brain damage and was taken to hospital in a coma.
John remained in hospital for nine months – during which time he received extensive therapy and rehabilitation. He was allowed to return to his home in Mossley, Greater Manchester, only when his wife – Elaine – gave up her job to provide full-time care for her husband.
The negligent car driver who had pulled out in front of John was prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. He pleaded guilty to the charges in 2011 at Oldham Magistrates Court. After seeking legal advice, John made a compensation claim for an accident with a car in Oldham against the negligent driver´s insurance company.
The insurance company acknowledged their policyholder´s liability and after studies had been carried out to forecast John´s future care and support requirements, a £2 million settlement of his compensation claim for an accident with a car in Oldham was negotiated.
Speaking after the settlement of his compensation claim for an accident with a car in Oldham, John said: “I believe wearing a cycle helmet saved my life, I’ve been campaigning to try and make them compulsory for all. Anything that can be done to improve safety for cyclists is extremely important.”
The compensation settlement will allow John to continue receiving therapy and rehabilitation treatment while getting professional support and care from experts. Elaine – John´s wife – added “The settlement is a massive relief and a weight off our shoulders. We can now look to the future as we know that John’s care needs will be taken care of for the rest of his life”.