Nicholas Butler was only 8 years old when he he experienced the near-fatal car accident in which Susan Prosser, his aunt, Laura Prosser, his cousin, and family friend Nikita Somes, aged seven, were killed.
The traffic accident claim involved a collision in which Ms Prosser collided with a skip lorry shortly after she she lost control of her motor vehicle. Shortly after the collision, Ms Prosser crashed into a tree after careening down an embankment.
Nicholas, the sole survivor of the accident, was rushed to hospital, only to discover that he had suffered extensive cerebral injuries which resulted in his need of round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.
Through the aid of both his family and his accident solicitors, Nicholas filed a claim with the skip lorry driver’s car insurance company. The High Court recently heard Nicholas’ case.
As a result, High Court Mrs Justice Swift approved a settlement for an undisclosed amount of compensation. Justice Swift additionally stated that the settlement should be sufficient to provide the car Nicholas requires for the remainder of his life. A portion of the settlement money will be spent on a home for Nicholas that will be adapted to cater to his special needs.
The High Court judge commented that Nicholas’ condition, which will require very careful indefinite management, is very difficult and distressing for both himself and his family.
While the final settlement amount remains undisclosed to the public, due to the nature of Nicholas’ injuries and their severity, the total sum the car insurance company will be ordered to pay most likely runs into the millions of pounds.