A US serviceman who suffered severe injuries after being involved in a car crash in the UK has won his road traffic accident claim for compensation.
The Eastern Daily Press is reporting that Juan Feliciano-Diaz was a staff sergeant in the US air force, and was stationed at RAF Lakenheath back in 2006. He was involved in a catastrophic accident while driving his jeep around the roads of Suffolk, when his vehicle collided with a Volkswagen Caravelle. The crash left him with multiple injuries.
These injuries included damage to his elbow, pelvis and right leg, and he was rushed to hospital in Bury St. Edmunds, where he was treated for his wounds. He was unable to make a full recovery from the crash and was discharged from the air force on medical grounds in late 2007.
Mr Feliciano-Diaz went on to claim compensation for his injuries, and has just been awarded a little under £500,000 in damages. This figure is so high to cover the loss of earnings and pension due to being discharged from the air force. He is currently unemployed.
The figure is also so high due to the severity of his injuries, and to cover medical costs. The money will mean Mr Feliciano-Diaz will be able to return to America to undergo further surgery on his injured leg.