A disabled man who was injured whilst travelling on a bus that was being driven erratically has won £10,000 in compensation.
The man, who had pre-existing brain injuries, got on the bus in his wheelchair. The wheelchair area was occupied by able-bodied passengers who did not move, so he wedged himself against a partition, applied the brakes of his wheelchair and held onto an upright metal bar.
The driver began driving aggressively, with the result that a man standing to the rear of the bus was knocked to the ground. Despite complaints from the passengers, the driver continued his reckless behaviour. At one point, the disabled man banged his head against the metal bar he was using for support.
When he got home, the man suffered a seizure and was rushed to hospital where he remained for more than a week. As a result of what happened, he now has a fear of travelling by bus and has to rely on friends for transport.
The bus company attempted to deny liability for the man’s injuries but a settlement in compensation of £10,000 was eventually agreed.