A car passenger left paralysed following a crash in the West Midlands has been awarded a record injury compensation payout of GBP 11 million.
Wasim Mohammed, from Walsall, suffered a broken neck and damaged spinal cord after the accident in 2006, which left him tetraplegic and in need of two people to care for him.
The crash occurred just five days after his 19th birthday, when the driver of the car he was travelling in attempted to overtake another vehicle while speeding.
Mr Mohammed comes from a traditional Pakistani family, in which he was expected to stay in the family home and look after his parents in their old age.
As this is no longer possible, part of his injury compensation payout will go towards building a house over the road from his parents so that he can see them every day.
It follows reports in the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph that car accident compensation claims against the local police force have cost GBP 250,000 in the last five years.