Insurer sentenced to pay lifetime compensation


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.


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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