A STUDENT who nearly died after a car mounted the kerb and ploughed into him has expressed his relief after he was awarded a “substantial” compensation payout at London’s High Court.
Brooke Trotter, 29, of Marlborough Crescent, was studying in Manchester in 2007 when he was hit by a Ford Fiesta which drove on to the pavement and knocked him to the ground.
The former Northstead and Scalby School pupil was in a coma for more than two weeks and needed nine months hospital treatment before returning home to his parents, who have helped to care for him ever since.
Senior judge Mr Justice Calvert-Smith yesterday approved a confidential compensation settlement from the driver’s insurers which will cover the cost of Brooke’s continued care and support for the rest of his life.
Brooke was waiting to cross Oxford Road, Manchester on May 15 2007 when the accident happened. He was rushed to the city’s Hope Hospital where he was treated in intensive care for brain and facial injuries.
Speaking outside court, his father, Kevin Trotter, said: “At first we did not think he was going to live. We were told to expect the worst.”
But despite being left with permanent physical and neurological, Brooke pulled through and, four years on, has now returned to part-time studies at Scarborough College.
Mr Trotter added: “He has continually pushed himself, and we are really proud of how he is doing.”
After a string of legal meetings and discussions, insurers for the driver of the car agreed to compensate Brooke on the basis of 75 per cent liability.
Lawyers declined to disclose how much he will receive, but described the settlement as “substantial”.
The money will compensate Brooke for his pain and suffering and lost earnings and cover the cost of the 35 hours of care per week he still needs to help him with day-to-day living.
Robert Glancy QC, for Brooke, told the court: “He could have sat around and said ‘I’m in a terrible state and need a lot of support’, but he has not done that. He is now pursuing a college course in order to become a gym instructor, despite difficulties. He has done everything he possibly can because he does not want damages, he wants a normal life.”
Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said: “One refrain which has come through from the advice from counsel and from the reports is the degree to which the claimant’s family have contributed and continue to contribute to the recovery of Brooke. The court commends this, in what must have been a very difficult time for them all.”
The terms of the settlement approved means the compensation, every penny of which is needed for Brooke’s future care, will be held in a trust for his use.
Speaking outside court, an emotional Brooke said: “I’m very pleased this is over. It has taken up a lot of my time over the last year and I’m pleased I can now get on with my life.”