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Payment ends blind man's long history of hard knocks

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A blind founding member of the Choir of Hard Knocks, who was severely injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2007, is ending the year on a high note, thanks to a compensation payout.

Tom Kamberidis, now 78, was struck down by a car while crossing St George’s Road in Northcote in August 2007. The music and dance-loving elderly gentleman, is legally blind, although he could still see slightly at the time of the accident.

Mr Kamberidis’ head hit the taxi and he was carried nearly 50 metres before being admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with a traumatic brain injury, a fractured skull, haemorrhages and other serious injuries.

Slater and Gordon motor vehicle accident lawyer, Allan Macrae said despite Mr Kamberidis’ story of survival he still lived with significant pain and his ability to live an independent and free lifestyle had been significantly reduced.

“We have been able to settle his claim with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and secure funding for home renovations that mean he is able to live at home with his son instead of in a nursing home, which is great news for the whole family,” Mr Macrae said.

Mc Macrae said the accident had also impacted on Mr Kamberidis’ family, who endured a large part of the trauma, rehabilitation and recovery period.

“Mr Kamberidis has had to undergone intensive therapy since the accident,” Mr Macrae said.

“He can no longer live independently he needs assistance with activities such as dressing and showering, and he can only walk with the aid of a walker.”

Mr Macrae said prior to the accident, Mr Kamberidis was very active and independent.

“Not only was he a founding member of the now-famous Choir of Hard Knocks, he frequently attended Greek Club events in Melbourne, was renowned for his love of dancing, and fondly recalls grooving with Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes,” he said.

Slater and Gordon has recently settled Mr Kamberidis’ claim for damages for his pain, suffering and lost enjoyment of life. He received a confidential sum which will allow him to enjoy a better quality of life.

Additional compensation from the TAC has covered home renovations which will allow him to live at home with his son instead of in a nursing home. The TAC also remains liable for reasonable medical and related expenses.

“The compensation from the TAC obviously provides my client with some financial security, but it can never make up for the loss of freedom and the impact this has had on his health and his family,” Mr Macrae said.

“Let’s hope this is the last of any such knocks for Mr Kamberidis.”