To summarise better than I did in my long post above. The law apparently says that if you suffer an injury, then any party which contributes to that in anything more than an insignificant amount is liable for the full amount of any losses incurred as a result of that injury.
Cool!, so taken the above reckoning into account i am due hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation….bring it on…….the high life £££££££ here i come!
Car accident on a rural single track backwater road in 1991 whilst avoiding a driver of an oncoming car, unfortunately i later found out i was not actually insured to drive my mates car i was driving at the time - bugger!.
I offered to drive him home after a night out as he'd been drinking and i hadn't (i raced moto-x at the time and had a national race the following day), i swerved to avoid an oncoming car driving with no headlights on a single track road (he was driving with lights out to scare his passengers) and i ended up taking to the verge to avoid him, through a dyke, down an embankment and smacked into a large oak tree, lay there for 8 hrs trapped in the car with shattered spine in two places, two punctured lungs, 7 broken ribs, internal bleeding which came out my mouth/ nose and corners of eyes, ruptured intestines, displaced kidneys, no movement at all from the upper chest down, fractures in collarbones, upper arms and hairline pelvic fractures.
The rural postman found me 8hrs after the accident and raised the alarm, the police and fire service turned up soon after and the police immediately tried to get me to breath into a breathalyser bag (negative of course) which further drove the ribs into my lungs and led into an arrest of sorts, i was aware of what was going on at the time and i can recall it clear to the exact word spoken to this day ( weird huh?), at which point the fire crew began cpr and managed to bring me back round whilst i was still trapped in the car and i found out later the crews in the fire service (who i knew well) dragged the two police officers away from me and sparked them out in no uncertain terms, the ambulance took over an hour to reach me and by this point i was in quite a bad way but they managed to stabilise me in the car and then the fire service started to cut me out. from initially being discovered to arriving in hospital took almost 3 hrs, so 11 hrs after the initial accident i finally arrived in hospital …..needless to say i did not receive a single penny of compensation, neither for the accident in question and neither for the after care i received and why should i?, the fire service did the best they could, the ambulance crew kept me alive and if it wasn't for them i'd be dead, to be fair the police officers involved were a pair of pricks but that's par for the course in my dealings with them so forget about that, apart from the fact they managed to **** up the investigation onto the other driver and he got away with it….of sorts anyway - my mates from the fishing boats had their own form of justice when i was laid up in the spinal unit for months on end and they went to work on his legs and wrists, i've certainly not lost any sleep over what happened to him - he **** deserved it, eye for an eye and all that.
And as for that compo claiming arsebag Ceri Leigh above?, if her ptsd is that bad then i guess her family better hide the paracetamol.