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Paralysed Girl Awarded Record £23Million Compensation Settlement

A girl, who was left paralysed by a serious road traffic accident, has been awarded a record compensation settlement that could total £23million.

Agnes Colier was injured in the crash – which also tragically resulted in the death of her mother – back in March 2009. She was the passenger in her mother’s car as they travelled along the A436 in Gloucestershire.

The accident occurred when a BMW car pulled out from a side road, forcing the car Agnes was travelling in into the path of an oncoming lorry. Tragically, Karen Hood – Agnes’ mother – was killed in the crash, whilst her brother suffered a head injury that he has since recovered from.

Agnes Collier suffered spinal injuries in the crash that left her without the use of her legs, and with little function in her arms. She was just 13 years old at the time of the incident.

Now, it is reported that her damages claim against the insurers of the BMW has been settled at the High Court in London. The settlement will see her receive a lump sum payment of £7.25million, coupled with annual payments of £270,000. The money will cover the cost of her care needs and give her the best possible quality of life.

The driver of the BMW that pulled out of the side road – Anthony Norton – was sentenced to a six month suspended jail term after he pleaded guilty to causing death by driving without due care and attention in regards to the accident. He was also given a driving ban and ordered to undertake community service back in November 2009.

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