Posted: September 28th, 2010
A former commonwealth cyclist has been awarded a record amount of compensation for their pedestrian traffic injury claim.
Manny Helmot, now 39, from Guernsey, represented the British Crown Dependency in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur was awarded £13.75 million after he suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car during a training ride in November 1998. Mr Helmot lost the use of his right arm, suffered partial blindness and sustained a brain injury as a result of his accident. He spent 36 weeks in hospital as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.
The negligent driver – Dylan Simon also of Guernsey – was convicted of dangerous driving. Although an initial award of £9 million was made to the victim his mother, Rose, and her partner, Ken Jordan felt that this was insufficient to meet Manny’s lifelong needs.
Judge Jonathon Sumption agreed with them at the Guernsey Court of Appeal and ordered the negligent party’s insurers to pay the victim an additional £4.75 million. The amount awarded for the pedestrian traffic injury claim eclipses the previous record award in the UK of £11 million for a traffic accident.