An English tourist, who was hit by a car whilst on holiday in Rome, is seeking compensation of £11million.
James Kennedy was struck by the vehicle whilst crossing Corso Vittorio Emmanuele road in the Italian city during January 2006. He suffered life-changing injuries in the incident, including a head injury and a broken back. He spent the next 10 months in a coma at Santo Spirito Hospital.
Mr Kennedy has been left with a brain injury from the accident. The injuries have left him in a wheelchair and in need of round-the-clock care and specialist equipment.
The driver of the Peugeot car that struck Mr Kennedy was a priest from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. The BBC reports that Mr Kennedy – with the help of his family – is seeking compensation from the insurers of Father John Richard Cole.
Lawyers representing the insurers had previously argued that Mr Kennedy was wearing dark clothes and had stepped out into the street without looking when the accident happened. They have however admitted to 80% liability for Mr Kennedy’s injuries.
Now, it is reported that a hearing at the High Court in London has just been scheduled for early next year. The hearing will decide how much compensation is due. There is said to be disagreement between the two sides on certain issues, including the amount of earnings that Mr Kennedy has lost from being unable to return to work.
Mr Kennedy has reportedly already received an interim compensation payment of £885,000 to provide a home specially adapted to his needs. He is said to be seeking compensation up to £11million to pay for his future care needs.