A man, who suffered catastrophic brain injuries when his motorbike was in collision with a car, has had an undisclosed settlement of his motorbike accident brain injury claim approved in London’s Royal Court of Justice.
David Buchan (28) of Watford, Hertfordshire, sustained the injuries in February 2005 after his bike collided with a car driven by Mark Whiting of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and following a long period in intensive care had titanium plates inserted into his head.
Since his accident, David suffers from depression, has impaired senses of smell and taste and has suffered a slight loss of sight. Although he has learned to walk again, he can only manage short distances with the aid of a walking stick and it is unlikely that he will ever be able to work again.
Mr Justice Langstaff at the Royal Courts of Justice heard that settlement of David´s motorbike accident claim had taken so long because of a disagreement over liability and, although the undisclosed compensation settlement was believed to be substantial, represented just one-third liability on behalf of the defendant.
Approving the settlement, the judge paid tribute to David’s mother – Ann – and the remarkable levels of care and support she had given her son during his recovery.