An injured cyclist has launched a multi-million pound injury compensation claim at Guernsey’s Royal Court.
Manny Helmot, who represented the island in the 1998 Kuala Lumpar Commonwealth Games, was hit by a car while training in the same year, the Guernsey Press reports.
He suffered severe physical and brain injuries in the incident, permanently losing the use of his right arm and suffering constant double vision, even being registered as partially blind.
It is believed that he will never be able to work, drive or ride a bike again.
Mr Helmot is now pursuing an injury compensation claim of £18 million against the driver’s insurers, who has reportedly not disputed liability in a case that is expected to last for six weeks.
The case follows news that claiming injury compensation could be made easier for cyclists under proposals to change civil law to hold motorists legally responsible for accidents involving them.