A Seaford teenager who suffered life-changing injuries after he was struck by a car has won a £1.5 million compensation payout at the High Court.
Jarrad Rush, then 12, was left with serious brain injuries after he was hit by a car driven by Aaron Harris in early 2007 in Seaford.
Through his lawyers, Jarrad launched a legal action for damages against Mr Harris’s insurers.
The motorist, of Hillside Avenue, Seaford, denied negligent driving and the parties agreed to settle the claim on the basis of 50 per cent liability.
Judge Allan Gore QC approved a lump-sum payout of £1.5 million to fund Jarrad’s care and treatment, saying he hoped “it would bring certainty” to his future.
Frank Burton QC, for Jarrad, of South Heighton, said he was struck by Mr Harris’s car on Vale Road, where the teenager was living at the time, and suffered a “traumatic brain injury” in January, 2011.
Mr Burton said Jarrad never fully recovered and has been left with “significant, continuing deficits in memory, concentration and decision-making” that make it very unlikely he will ever be able to work.
Through his mother, Sarah, Jarrad launched legal proceedings against Mr Harris whose insurers agreed to settle half of his claim.
Mr Burton said some of the money would be used to send Jarrad for rehabilitation at the renowned Queen Elizabeth Foundation for the Disabled, in Banstead, Surrey.
“That will help his mother have a little bit of respite and hopefully give some strategies for coping in the future,” he added.
Benjamin Browne QC, for Mr Harris, heaped praise on Jarrad’s mother for her commitment to his care.
He added, “What is clear is that Jarrad has been a formidable burden to his mother in recent years, since his tragic accident.
“Due to her devoted care, Jarrad has made significant progress – more than might have been anticipated at the early stages of his recovery. We would like to pay tribute to her for all she has done on her son’s behalf.”
Approving the “sensible” settlement, Judge Gore echoed Mr Browne’s sentiments and said Jarrad’s mother deserved to be “commended for her devotion”.