Insurer sentenced to pay lifetime compensation

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THE Jaen Provincial Court has sentenced car insurance company Mutua Madrileña to pay €4,000 per month for the rest of her life to a girl left quadriplegic in a traffic accident. The company will also have to pay more than €1m in compensation to the girl who is now seven, but was just two years old when she was involved in an accident on the N-322.

This is a pioneering sentence in that part of the compensation she could have received will be paid in the form of a monthly income, with no restriction on the time over which she will receive it as long as her needs are covered for the rest of her life.

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Until now, compensation for accidents, even those resulting in severe injuries, rarely amounted to more than €1.2m, much less than in countries such as France, Germany or the UK.

 


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