Cyclist wins multi-million pound compensation package
Posted: June 24, 2015
Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Road Traffic Accidents
A cyclist from Tunbridge Wells has been awarded a multi-million pound compensation package after an accident whilst cycling left her in a “minimally conscious state”. 62-year-old office administrator Fenella Sinclair had been riding her bicycle home from work when she was involved in a serious collision with a car in July 2011. The accident left her with severe brain injuries and multiple skull fractures.
Four years following the accident, she relies on 24-hour care and still suffers pain. Mrs Sinclair’s daughter and friend Rebecca Da Silva Lima, who succeeded in winning the claim against the negligent driver, brought Mrs Sinclair’s case to court after police refused to open a criminal trial.
Unable to give an account of the accident
There were no witnesses of the collision other than the defendant’s husband, Mr Joyner. Mrs Sinclair was unable to give an account of the accident as a result of her brain injuries. Despite the police’s decision not to prosecute Mrs Joyner, a three-day trial was held at the High Court in London at the beginning of the month.
Mrs Justice Cox ruled that Mrs Joyner drove her car in a dangerous manner that resulted in the collision with Mrs Sinclair’s bicycle. The family’s lawyer described it as a “welcome outcome” and added: “Compensation in this claim will give Mrs Sinclair’s family peace of mind in knowing that the she will recover damages to pay for the care and treatment she will need in the future.”
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