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Accident compensation payout for victim?

14th May 2014
Accident compensation is believed to have been undertaken by a woman left with 99 per cent paralysis following a £250,000 interim court payout at London's Appeal Court.

According to reports by BBC News, Megumi Wilson was so severely injured on the night of May 29th 2005 that she has been left with capacity so limited, all she can do to communicate is blink her eyes.

Hit and run driver John Dummett of Gloucestershire was jailed after he left the scene of the crash near the A40 in Monmouthshire - and burned his car to destroy evidence.

The Coleford man was convicted of perverting the course of justice, failing to stop after an accident and driving while disqualified.

Ms Wilson is now seeking multimillion-pound accident compensation.

The BBC notes the court heard that a judge has already sanctioned the £250,000 down-payment on her damages so that, after spending five years in hospital, Miss Wilson can return home.

A round-the-clock private care regime has been set up to cater for her needs, which is part of the reason why motor accident compensation is needed to pay for her care in the longer term.

The £250,000 is on top of £348,000 already paid out by the MIB, but is still only a fraction of what she will receive when her case for motor accident compensation is heard at the High Court next year.

The MIB has appealed against the interim payout of £250,000, although it accepts it must compensate her on the basis of 70 per cent liability.

Benjamin Browne QC, said a central issue would be whether most costs of the care regime needed for the rest of her life should be paid by insurers or by the local health board from public funds.

He said the £250,000 payout robbed the MIB of a "level playing field" and prejudiced the debate over whether she was better off being cared for privately at home, or either in a home of her own or an institution paid for by the health board.

He told the court a previous attempt to move her out of hospital ended in failure after five days when she was returned to intensive care.

Lord Justice Pill said: "There was a genuine and strong wish on Megumi's part that she wanted to be in private care" and the judge was entitled to rule that a private regime should be set up for her in her own home prior to the full hearing of her case.

Posted by Jim Hearson