An undisclosed motorbike injury compensation settlement has been approved at London´s Royal Courts of Justice for a motorcyclist left fighting for his life after being in collision with a another vehicle.
David Scott Buchan (aged 28) of Watford, Hertfordshire, sustained catastrophic brain injuries after colliding with a car driven by Mark Whiting of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, in February 2005. The accident, which occurred just half a mile from David´s family home, resulted in titanium plates being inserted into David´s head after a prolonged period in intensive care.
Along with facial injuries and brain damage, David also sustained injuries to his ribs and spine, suffered long-term depression and has impaired levels of sight, taste and smell. He lives with his mother and step-father, who have been providing David´s care needs since his release from hospital, and can only walk with the aid of a stick.
The motorbike injury compensation action has taken six years to resolve due to a dispute over liability for the accident, but Mr Justice Langstaff at the Royal Courts of Justice heard that a settlement had been agreed between David´s legal representatives and Mark Whiting´s insurers on the basis of one-third liability, and that the case was before him for approval of the damages which remained confidential.
In approving the settlement, Mr Justice Langstaff paid tribute to David´s mother, Ann, and the “remarkable” level of care she had provided for her son.