£10m payout to brain damaged young footballer
Posted: 10th April 2014
Posted in: Car Accidents Head and Brain Injuries Road Traffic Accidents
A footballer with a promising future has been awarded £10million in compensation following a road traffic accident. 17-year-old Jack Farrugia had been a front seat passenger of car when the driver lost control and collided with a stationary van. He had been wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened in November 2008, but was left with serious brain injuries and was in a coma for a month.
Mr Farrugia had been studying for a diploma in sports performance and excellence at the time of the accident, and was said by Mr Justice Jay at London’s High Court to have led an “exemplary and admirable life” before the accident.
Prior to the accident, Mr Farrugia had been the captain of Havant and Waterlooville Academy FC, and was described as a “confident, personable young man, a natural leader, and in excellent physical health and fitness”. It was believed that he would continue on to have a successful career in football or sports management.
Admirable dedication of Jack’s family
The judge said that despite Mr Farrugia’s life-changing injuries, the now 22-year-old had attended court with a good knowledge of what was going on. The judge also commented on the admirable dedication of Jack’s parents, Lorraine and Laurence, as well as his younger brothers, Joe and Tom, for supporting his around-the-clock needs.
Mr Farrugia now lives in a converted bungalow in Drayton, Portsmouth, which supports his care needs. The damages comprise a lump sum of £4.2million, as well as lifelong annual payments of £225,000 which will cover the 24-hour care he requires.
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