Compensation bid launched by schoolboy

A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolboy who cheated death in an horrific accident in Polegate has launched a High Court legal battle for compensation of more than £300,000.

The boy, identified in a High Court writ only by the initials JXP, was walking along the High Street in Polegate with his mother, when a Toyota Yaris car mounted the pavement and hit them three years ago.

The boy, then aged seven, was airlifted to Eastbourne District General Hospital with serious skull fractures, and then transferred to King’s College Hospital in London where he needed six hours of emergency neurosurgery.

Now, in a writ issued at London’s High Court and just made publicly available, the boy, who sues through his mother who is identified by the initials JAP, is seeking damages from the female car driver, named only as PXB, after the accident on January 3 2007.

Since the crash, the child has suffered from headaches and epilepsy, needing medication, as well as poor memory and concentration, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems.

He also suffers from frequent vacancy, when his eyes glaze over and he stops all activity, followed by him becoming emotionally upset and angry.

He now needs brain injury support to help him understand his condition and manage his symptoms, and doctors hope that with appropriate help, he will develop his social skills and independence.

In the past he has harmed himself because of low mood and low self-esteem, and with support his educational attainments should not be substantially compromised, according to the writ.

The prognosis for his injuries is guarded, the writ says.

The schoolboy is also likely to seek damages for his disadvantage on the open labour market, and his reduced earning capacity.

His legal team brand the car driver negligent and say this caused the accident.