A multi-million compensation package has been awarded at London’s High Court to a biker who suffered brain damage in a road traffic accident.
Shazzard Khan, from east London, was left with “severe” brain injuries following the accident in April 2007. His right thigh was also shattered in the smash.
The accident occurred as Mr Khan rode his Kawasaki motorbike along the B1057 near Finchingfield. He collided head-on with another biker, Brazilian Paulo Barbosa, who was killed in the crash.
The court heard that Mr Barbosa had only bought the bike a short time before the collision, and was not insured.
William Latimer-Sayer, acting on behalf of Mr Khan, told the court that both men were driving at almost 80mph, leading to a “combined collision speed of 160mph”.
He added that the head injuries suffered by Mr Khan caused an “organic personality disorder” and “significant personality change”, but said his client had shown rapid improvement.
Mr Khan is currently classed as a “protected party” as a result of his injuries, but Mr Latimer-Sayer said doctors were hopeful that one day he would “regain capacity” to fend for himself.
Mr Khan’s injury lawyers were seeking approval from Mr Justice Eady for a settlement that would provide their client with a “multi-million pound” compensation payout.
The compensation will be paid by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau as Mr Barbosa was not insured.
The settlement, the exact value of which has not been revealed, was approved by Mr Justice Eady, who said: “I trust that it will bring him a degree of peace of mind.”