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Cyclist injured in car accident is told he can keep £14m payout

A Commonwealth Games cyclist who suffered severe personal injuries has been told that he can keep his £14m in road traffic accident compensation after insurers lost their appeal to have the amount reduced.

The cyclist had been training in Guernsey when he was involved in a head-on collision with a car in 1998.

The athlete, who represented Guernsey at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, sustained severe brain injuries in the accident.

Due to the severity of his injuries he was forced to spend 36 weeks in hospital and was awarded £14m in compensation, which took into account a prediction of future inflations.

Insurers appealed for a reduction in the payout, arguing that the amount should be reduced to £9.5m. However the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council dismissed the appeal and upheld the original compensation award.

The road traffic accident compensation will help cover the cost of care that the man will now require for the rest of his life.


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