A father, whose daughter was killed by a careless driver who had just passed his driving test, has been awarded 25,000 pounds by Cardiff Court of Civil Justice for the psychological injury he endured as a result of the fatal accident.
Terence Jones, of Ebbw Vale, Powys, told the court how the death of his daughter, Louise (16), along with three friends in November 2006 had caused him to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In a civil case taken against the careless driver – Craig Ramshaw (22) – Mr Jones claimed that he was a secondary victim and was supported in his claim by psychiatrist Dr David Thomas. Dr Thomas gave expert testimony that Mr Jones had required psychiatric treatment since the accident at Llangynidr Moors.
The judge told Mr Jones that no sum of money could compensate for the loss of a daughter, but agreed with the plaintiff that he had suffered a psychological injury and awarded him personal injury compensation of 25,000 pounds – the settlement to be made by Mr Ramshaw´s car insurance company.