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Girl injured by speeding driver awarded £5m

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    BBC News

    "A six-year-old West Midlands girl who suffered severe brain damage in a car crash involving a speeding driver has been awarded nearly £5m compensation.

    Cerys Edwards, of Sutton Coldfield, has needed 24-hour care since the crash in 2006, Birmingham's High Court heard.

    Cerys's family will in addition receive £450,000 a year for the rest of her life.

    Boparan, who was doing more than 70mph in a 30mph area, was jailed for 21 months but released under curfew conditions after serving six months.

    It led to the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw proposing an increase in the maximum two-year jail term for dangerous driving to five years.

    Cerys was 11 months old when Boparan's Range Rover hit her parents' car head-on in November 2006.

    Since the collision, she has been unable to breathe without a ventilator and has needed dozens of operations and round-the-clock nursing care.

    Boparan, the son of a millionaire, was 19 at the time of the crash.

    He said the family had already received interim payments of about £4m which had enabled them to move to an adapted home and pay for specialist care."

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    Posted it to discuss the amount they are paying out. Now realized how bull**** it is the maximum sentence is only 2 years ¬_¬

    I dont know how much all this care would cost.. if it costs this much.. fair enough.. it just seems like a massive amount of money :/
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    you really think £5 million is going to make a difference to a person who cant breathe without the use of a machine?

    guy should have got life
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    (Original post by Bill_Gates)
    shes a kid 24 hour care your talking atleast a 100k for a good level of care and all the necessities. Then your talking another 50 years of life atleast. there you go.
    Think you should read the article before commenting on the figures.

    4m payments already + £450k a year for the rest of her life.

    Not saying she shouldnt get it if she deserves it, ofcourse it has ruined her life and probably her close families too. But surely there is a point where it just get too much?
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    Her life is ruined at such a young age and all you care about is insurance companies having to pay out for once
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    (Original post by Tommyjw)
    Think you should read the article before commenting on the figures.

    4m payments already + £450k a year for the rest of her life.

    Not saying she shouldnt get it if she deserves it, ofcourse it has ruined her life and probably her close families too. But surely there is a point where it just get too much?
    Hello tommy,

    Sorry im at work. But my dad knows the family and they are £££££££££
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    (Original post by Playa10)
    Her life is ruined at such a young age and all you care about is insurance companies having to pay out for once
    Pay out for once?
    All i care about?

    Post your drivvle somewhere else.
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    Meanwhile, there are millions of people in Africa starving to death.

    The family is already a millionaire one, isn't 5m abit much?
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    (Original post by Playa10)
    Her life is ruined at such a young age and all you care about is insurance companies having to pay out for once
    Did you used to play Runescape?
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    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    Did you used to play Runescape?
    What's that? And way?
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    If the family are already minted I don't think giving that much money is necessary. The guy that knocked her down should have got much longer in jail though, that's a pathetic amount of time to serve for destroying her life.
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    (Original post by Playa10)
    What's that? And way?
    I had a friend with that exact name.. ahh life's coincidences.

    (Original post by Pitt1988)
    If the family are already minted I don't think giving that much money is necessary. The guy that knocked her down should have got much longer in jail though, that's a pathetic amount of time to serve for destroying her life.
    This.
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    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    I had a friend with that exact name.. ahh life's coincidences.
    Nah, never played it before...those kind of games require too much effort
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    (Original post by Bill_Gates)
    Hello tommy,

    Sorry im at work. But my dad knows the family and they are £££££££££
    So why not hit this family where it hurts them? Seek out their businesses and boycott them;
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranjit_...ry_Ramsden.27s

    Why should this arrogant idiot get to live a life of luxury?
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    I agree that it is tragic that her life has effectively been taken away from her due to one idiots actions BUT I also believe that the amount that her family is being paid is completely out of proportion.

    Sure it will cost a lot for her care but will it cost anywhere near £450,000 per year? Not a chance. Will they have spent close to £5m on her care since the accident in 2006? No.

    Yes they should receive compensation, but nowhere near the level they have been given, and yes they should get yearly compensation but that should only be to cover the cost of care, nothing more.
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    That is not as high as a number as it could have been.

    Also 6 months prison is quite reasonable. As the bottom of the bbc article states, the person never intended for anything along these lines to happen, and essentially he took a lottery where got with the very worst outcome possible. 6 months of prison is plenty.
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    (Original post by Playa10)
    Her life is ruined at such a young age and all you care about is insurance companies having to pay out for once
    Insurance companies don't pay out. It is us that have to pay out, or at least the people who pay insurance to the insurance firm in question

    Just like the government never pays for anything. It is always the tax payer
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    I remember seeing a TV programme about this. The driver had already had a major crash before from speeding. Also he didn't actually pay any of that compensation money even though he's minted.
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    (Original post by mackemforever)
    I agree that it is tragic that her life has effectively been taken away from her due to one idiots actions BUT I also believe that the amount that her family is being paid is completely out of proportion.

    Sure it will cost a lot for her care but will it cost anywhere near £450,000 per year? Not a chance. Will they have spent close to £5m on her care since the accident in 2006? No.

    Yes they should receive compensation, but nowhere near the level they have been given, and yes they should get yearly compensation but that should only be to cover the cost of care, nothing more.
    How about the lack of salary the person would have earned, the time spend by the parents due to this accident, the child not being able to do what she would have been able to do? This all requires compensation as well, in addition to payments for her care.
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    I don't understand compensation, surely it does nothing to make up for the accident at all? It should cover her care though of course. I'm sure they would rather have their daughter healthy again and would give the money back at the drop of a hat if that could happen. Poor girl.

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