A cyclist, who was knocked from his bike when a car pulled out in front of him, has settled his claim for a traumatic brain injury against the driver´s insurance company.
In September 2010, John Wellock (65) from Mossley in Greater Manchester was cycling along the A62 in Oldham when he was knocked off his bike by a driver pulling out in front of him. Despite wearing a cycling helmet, John suffered a serious brain injury and was taken to hospital in a coma.
John spent nine months in hospital being treated for his injury, going through intensive rehabilitation and undergoing therapy. He was able to return to his home only after his wife – Elaine – had given up her job to care for him full-time.
The driver who knocked John off his bike pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Oldham Magistrates Court in 2011, after which John made a claim for traumatic brain injury compensation against the driver´s insurance company.
Liability was admitted by the insurance company and a £2 million settlement of John´s claim for a traumatic brain injury was negotiated after reports had been conducted on his future requirements. The settlement will provide John with the money he needs to access expert support and care, and for him to continue recovering through intensive rehabilitation and therapy.
Speaking after the £2 million settlement had been announced, John said: “I believe wearing a cycle helmet saved my life, I’ve been campaigning to try and make them compulsory for all. Anything that can be done to improve safety for cyclists is extremely important.”
John´s wife – Elaine – added “The settlement is a massive relief and a weight off our shoulders. We can now look to the future as we know that John’s care needs will be taken care of for the rest of his life”.