Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Record Pounds 6.3m for Accident Victim; Payout for Man Left with Brain Damage

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Record Pounds 6.3m for Accident Victim; Payout for Man Left with Brain Damage

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Byline: By Paul James

A NORTH man who was left with brain damage after a car accident was yesterday awarded a record pounds 6.3m.

After a hearing at the High Court in London, lawyers for David Dei-Ceci, from Heaton, Newcastle, said the sum was the largest personal injury payout ever in the North East.

Mr Dei-Ceci was just 17 and on his way with friends to a camping trip in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, in October 2002 when the car in which he was a passenger crashed into a field and overturned.

He was thrown from the vehicle and received serious brain injuries, leaving him requiring round-the-clock, live-in care for the rest of his life.

Now aged 23, a settlement of pounds 6.3m to cover the cost of his future care needs was yesterday approved by Mrs Justice Dobbs at a brief hearing at the High Court attended by Mr Dei-Ceci and his mother Pamela.

The claim was made against Direct Line, the insurers of the Citroen Saxo driver, Samantha Armstrong, from Wallsend. The crash happened on the A68 at Bingfield, near Hexham, at about 3pm on Saturday October 12, 2002, and the impact threw Mr Dei-Ceci about 50 yards from the car.

He was taken to Newcastle General Hospital by air ambulance and spent three weeks unconscious in intensive care. He later spent 18 months in hospital and now needs a fulltime, live-in-carer.

He suffered a severe brain injury, leaving him with problems including short-term memory loss, difficulty in solving problems, lack of concentration and a changed personality.

At the time of the smash, David had left school and wanted to find work as a mechanic, but that is now beyond him.

Last night neither Mr Dei-Ceci or his mother was available to comment, but family members at Mrs Dei-Ceci's home in Pembroke Gardens, Wallsend, told The Journal they were delighted his future care had been secured. …

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