Whiplash victim wins £3.5million compensation
In a lengthy court case which has lasted for years, a seriously injured man has finally won compensation for his whiplash
Steven Schembri, aged 25 suffered a variety of fractures to the skull along with severe whiplash injuries when his car was hit head on by another driver.
As a result of the crash, Mr Schembri still suffers from impaired communication skills and a very poor memory eight years after the accident. He has had to live in a bungalow next door to his parents as he cannot cope independently.
The accident happened when Mr Schembri and his passenger Craig Herbert were driving along the Rignall Road in Buckinghamshire in October 2000.
They were hit head on by a young driver, Steven Davies, who had recently passed his test and was driving a powerful Mercedes.
Mr Davies insurer admitted that their client was at fault in the crash and had as a consequence devastated Mr Schemberi’s life.
Prior to the accident, Mr Schemberi had ambitions of becoming a motor racing driver. He already held a number of cups and trophies as an amateur racing driver before the accident. Now he is incapable of even holding a driving licence.
The devastation that the accident caused to Mr Scemberi’s life prompted him to seek compensation, while his parents are campaigning for new laws which would prevent newly qualified drivers from driving extremely powerful vehicles.
Their long struggle was finally rewarded when Mr Justice Foskett approved a £3.5 million payout.
Tracy Edwards, Mr Schemberi’s solicitor says that now the family simply wish to be “left to get on with their lives after such a long drawn-out case”.