Posted on 20 Aug 2014
The teenage victim of a ‘hit and run’ driver has been awarded nearly $7.3million in damages after suffering permanent injuries in a shocking incident in 2011.
Slater and Gordon lawyer Karina Hafford said Ned Mather, now 21 years old, was deliberately run down by a driver while walking home from a party and would need full time nursing care for the rest of his life.
The 19 year old driver was convicted and jailed in 2012 for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, failure to report an accident and failure to stop.
“The Supreme Court of WA awarded Ned Mather $7,261,383 – one of the State’s biggest motor vehicle accident settlements – which will be held by a trustee for Ned’s future,” Ms Hafford said.
“Ned was an innocent pedestrian who was tragically struck down, and has had to rebuild his life with intense physio and speech therapy to learn to walk and talk again.
“He was a promising young apprentice but he will never work again, and will need full time care for the rest of his life.
“This settlement is a great result for Ned and his family, and will make sure he’s looked after in the future.
“Ned’s family have never stopped fighting for his recovery, they have done everything they could to improve his situation, and I commend them for their devotion.”
Ned’s mum Tracey Moore said she was relieved the legal process was over and she could get on with caring for her injured son.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling. We are happy that this has settled and that the money will cover the costs of Ned’s care, but we would give it back in a heartbeat if it meant he could have his old life back,” she said.
“Our family has been through hell over the past few years and I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy.
“This whole ordeal has financially ruined us, but with this settlement, Ned will be able to continue his recovery and give him and our family some peace of mind.”