A 53 year old motorcyclist knocked off his bike in Manchester has won a substantial injury compensation claim worth £1.25 million.
Stuart Bridge from Radcliffe, was travelling to work through Deansgate in Manchester City Centre when he was knocked from his bike by an uninsured young motorist. The driver – 21 year old Carli Bates – later pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving without insurance. She received six penalty points on her license and was fined £200.
Mr Bridge suffered serious brain injuries in the crash as well as fracturing his spine and pelvis. The head injuries he has undergone have left him with balance problems, poor concentration and speech trouble. Since the accident Mr Bridge has been unable to work and has been forced to give up his job as a head green keeper at a local Golf Club. He has also been forced to give up his passion for being an amateur Sunday league football referee. The severity of his injuries led him to make a motobike accident compensation claim.
As Ms Bates was an uninsured driver, Mr Bridge’s injury compensation claim was made against the Motor Insurance Bureau. The MIB pays compensation to victims of uninsured drivers. He was awarded £1.25 million for his injury with an additional £57,500 a year to provide for his care. The large amount was awarded to pay for a new house and car that are suitable for his care needs. The compensation will also pay for his ongoing care. As part of his compensation, football fan Stuart was awarded a season ticket for life at his local club Bolton Wanderers.