THAMESMEAD: Cyclist seeks damages after bike push

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A 64-YEAR-OLD cyclist left with head injuries after being pushed off his bike is seeking more than £100,000 in damages.

Derek Hill, of Greenhaven Drive, Thamesmead, was cycling along Carlyle Road when he says a car deliberately slowed down so its passenger could lean out to push him off the bicycle.

Mr Hill was left in hospital for three weeks with serious head injuries and a broken hip.

He also now suffers from epilepsy and claims he was forced to take redundancy from his job as an engineering manager on the East London Line.

Mr Hill said: “After being diagnosed with epilepsy I was advised by my neurologist not to cycle - which I loved - drive, go near deep water, heights, or even work with anything mechanical.

“I feel as though a slice of my life has been stolen. I have two children I can no longer take to school and I can’t even be left alone with them for fear of my having a seizure.”

Mr Hill did not even know he had epilepsy until two years after the incident when he suddenly had a seizure in front of the television.

He said: “After the accident when I returned to work, it was still a struggle due to gaps in my memory and my impaired mental ability.

“I have a young family to support and having lost my employment as a result of my head injury has been devastating for us all.”

His lawyer Liz Dux, from the Russell Jones & Walker firm, said he was making the claim from the Motor Insurers' Bureau compensation fund under the Untraced Drivers Agreement, which allows victims of unknown motorists to claim damages.

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12:23pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Make Life says...

£100,000, thats a nice pension fund. How can a 64 year old ask for that much, its beyond me.
£100,000, thats a nice pension fund. How can a 64 year old ask for that much, its beyond me. Make Life
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12:32pm Wed 4 Aug 10

porkpie says...

" claim from the Motor Insurers' Bureau compensation fund under the Untraced Drivers Agreement" That really pee's me off. That's why insurance keeps going up every year.
" claim from the Motor Insurers' Bureau compensation fund under the Untraced Drivers Agreement" That really pee's me off. That's why insurance keeps going up every year. porkpie
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1:09pm Wed 4 Aug 10

deco says...

Bigger picture people, is does not matter how old this gentleman is, the fact is some stupid idiot gets his kicks by pushing people off bikes to me that is a serious crime and this man has lost is old life because of it. I wish the family well. (and before everyone starts, I do not know the family)
Bigger picture people, is does not matter how old this gentleman is, the fact is some stupid idiot gets his kicks by pushing people off bikes to me that is a serious crime and this man has lost is old life because of it. I wish the family well. (and before everyone starts, I do not know the family) deco
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1:14pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Make Life says...

deco wrote:
Bigger picture people, is does not matter how old this gentleman is, the fact is some stupid idiot gets his kicks by pushing people off bikes to me that is a serious crime and this man has lost is old life because of it. I wish the family well. (and before everyone starts, I do not know the family)
yeah, he doesnt have the life that he used to have but its not worth £100,000. Payouts should be determined by your age, current earnings and how much you would earn until retirment. To get £100,000 just before retirment is crazy. I do agree that what the idiot did was completly and totally wrong.
[quote][p][bold]deco[/bold] wrote: Bigger picture people, is does not matter how old this gentleman is, the fact is some stupid idiot gets his kicks by pushing people off bikes to me that is a serious crime and this man has lost is old life because of it. I wish the family well. (and before everyone starts, I do not know the family)[/p][/quote]yeah, he doesnt have the life that he used to have but its not worth £100,000. Payouts should be determined by your age, current earnings and how much you would earn until retirment. To get £100,000 just before retirment is crazy. I do agree that what the idiot did was completly and totally wrong. Make Life
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1:45pm Wed 4 Aug 10

porkpie says...

How much are the lawyers taken ?
How much are the lawyers taken ? porkpie
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2:05pm Wed 4 Aug 10

porkpie says...

So the car never hit him and it was a passenger that pushed him off. I do feel for the man. However I find that claiming from the Motor Insurers Bureau is just wrong. When it was a passenger that committed this sick act .
So the car never hit him and it was a passenger that pushed him off. I do feel for the man. However I find that claiming from the Motor Insurers Bureau is just wrong. When it was a passenger that committed this sick act . porkpie
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5:52pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Enigma says...

porkpie wrote:
So the car never hit him and it was a passenger that pushed him off. I do feel for the man. However I find that claiming from the Motor Insurers Bureau is just wrong. When it was a passenger that committed this sick act .
Porkpie.

It comes down to use of the vehicle - a passenger in this instance is using the vehicle and would be covered for third party liability.

If he does not claim from the MIB who does he claim for in view it appears that the driver left the scene. Is he not entitled to compensation in view of the impact that epilepsy can have on a life already he has has his employment restricted and his future life has been compromised.

In regards to the lawyers costs, they will be restricted to £3k + VAT which will hardly cover the investigations required in such a case if they dont get above £150k for settlement.

At least he has a substantial injury rather than a little bit of neck ache..like most of the claims made.
[quote][p][bold]porkpie[/bold] wrote: So the car never hit him and it was a passenger that pushed him off. I do feel for the man. However I find that claiming from the Motor Insurers Bureau is just wrong. When it was a passenger that committed this sick act .[/p][/quote]Porkpie. It comes down to use of the vehicle - a passenger in this instance is using the vehicle and would be covered for third party liability. If he does not claim from the MIB who does he claim for in view it appears that the driver left the scene. Is he not entitled to compensation in view of the impact that epilepsy can have on a life already he has has his employment restricted and his future life has been compromised. In regards to the lawyers costs, they will be restricted to £3k + VAT which will hardly cover the investigations required in such a case if they dont get above £150k for settlement. At least he has a substantial injury rather than a little bit of neck ache..like most of the claims made. Enigma
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6:54pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Fizzy says...

Anyone see him pushed off?
Anyone see him pushed off? Fizzy
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9:45pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Ears says...

OMG I can't believe their are so many mean spirited people in our society. This poor poor man was assulted and robbed of his life as he knew it. He is lucky not to have died. I really am shocked that anyone would begrudge him this money. He can't indulge in his favourite hobby, he has lost his job and probably his work friends, He can't even look after his own children, I can't imagine how he feels.

I don't think the man's age has anything to do with it. He is obviously quite sprightly to have small children and be riding a bike, my grandad is in his 80's and still works full time and would be devestated if someone took his independence away in this manner.

I hope he is successful in his claim and gets some happiness from the money.
OMG I can't believe their are so many mean spirited people in our society. This poor poor man was assulted and robbed of his life as he knew it. He is lucky not to have died. I really am shocked that anyone would begrudge him this money. He can't indulge in his favourite hobby, he has lost his job and probably his work friends, He can't even look after his own children, I can't imagine how he feels. I don't think the man's age has anything to do with it. He is obviously quite sprightly to have small children and be riding a bike, my grandad is in his 80's and still works full time and would be devestated if someone took his independence away in this manner. I hope he is successful in his claim and gets some happiness from the money. Ears
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7:30am Thu 5 Aug 10

Rotary Tom says...

Some spiteful comments which are not fair to the gentleman in question
Just like "happy slapping" it can end up with tragic circumstances, we need to punish those who think this is "innocent" horseplay & not blame the victim
Some spiteful comments which are not fair to the gentleman in question Just like "happy slapping" it can end up with tragic circumstances, we need to punish those who think this is "innocent" horseplay & not blame the victim Rotary Tom
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6:26pm Thu 5 Aug 10

porkpie says...

Enigma wrote:
porkpie wrote:
So the car never hit him and it was a passenger that pushed him off. I do feel for the man. However I find that claiming from the Motor Insurers Bureau is just wrong. When it was a passenger that committed this sick act .
Porkpie.

It comes down to use of the vehicle - a passenger in this instance is using the vehicle and would be covered for third party liability.

If he does not claim from the MIB who does he claim for in view it appears that the driver left the scene. Is he not entitled to compensation in view of the impact that epilepsy can have on a life already he has has his employment restricted and his future life has been compromised.

In regards to the lawyers costs, they will be restricted to £3k + VAT which will hardly cover the investigations required in such a case if they dont get above £150k for settlement.

At least he has a substantial injury rather than a little bit of neck ache..like most of the claims made.
Lucky it was someone in a car really. I don't see why I should have to pay into this with my car insurance money. So if it was say someone walking along that pushed him off his bike, who would in be claiming off then ?
[quote][p][bold]Enigma[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]porkpie[/bold] wrote: So the car never hit him and it was a passenger that pushed him off. I do feel for the man. However I find that claiming from the Motor Insurers Bureau is just wrong. When it was a passenger that committed this sick act .[/p][/quote]Porkpie. It comes down to use of the vehicle - a passenger in this instance is using the vehicle and would be covered for third party liability. If he does not claim from the MIB who does he claim for in view it appears that the driver left the scene. Is he not entitled to compensation in view of the impact that epilepsy can have on a life already he has has his employment restricted and his future life has been compromised. In regards to the lawyers costs, they will be restricted to £3k + VAT which will hardly cover the investigations required in such a case if they dont get above £150k for settlement. At least he has a substantial injury rather than a little bit of neck ache..like most of the claims made.[/p][/quote]Lucky it was someone in a car really. I don't see why I should have to pay into this with my car insurance money. So if it was say someone walking along that pushed him off his bike, who would in be claiming off then ? porkpie
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8:59am Fri 6 Aug 10

Quiet One says...

So, he’s nearing retirement, and claiming £100k….. I smell something fishy here (and no, it’s not the dead fish in Southmere) Did anyone actually see him pushed off? How did he know that the car slowed done for the purpose of pushing him off? I don’t buy it one bit, I think he forgot to pay into his retirement fund, and is now worried about the future!
So, he’s nearing retirement, and claiming £100k….. I smell something fishy here (and no, it’s not the dead fish in Southmere) Did anyone actually see him pushed off? How did he know that the car slowed done for the purpose of pushing him off? I don’t buy it one bit, I think he forgot to pay into his retirement fund, and is now worried about the future! Quiet One
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