Accidents on the road: fairer compensation

There are nevertheless differences in treatment according to the size of the courts.

Lives forever broken by road accidents that continue at the bar of a court. These meetings with the courts are essential for these victims, whose lawyers are fighting for fair compensation. This is how, as RTL recounts, a former 61-year-old construction manager, who became an epileptic after an accident, was paid 4.2 million euros by a Grenoble judge. This sum will be used to ensure his safety in case of crisis, providing 24-hour supervision.

“A disabled person who goes to the hotel in a wheelchair will incur heavier costs because she will have to choose a hotel with all the amenities she needs”

Me Jehanne Collard, specialist in victims law

This amount is now common in this type of case, says Me Jehanne Collard, specialist in victims’ rights and who nevertheless wants to obtain larger sums by recognizing new types of damages, such as the harm of holidays. “A disabled person who goes to the hotel in a wheelchair will incur heavier fees because they will have to choose a hotel with all the amenities they need. I am fighting in the courts for the judges to incorporate that harm, “she says.

A disparity between Paris and the province

Under the pressure of black dresses, other prejudices have been recognized, such as that of accompaniment. “When a child no longer has his father to accompany him at certain stages of his life, he suffers this loss,” added Mr. Collard, who nevertheless acknowledges an increasing generosity of the courts in compensation matters.

However, there is, according to her, a disparity between Paris and the province, but also between major courts and small jurisdictions. “With the latter, who do not have a specialized chamber, we are exposed to the vagaries of decisions. Sometimes, the judges grant amounts well above the average and other times, the sums are derisory “, note for its part Me Sylvie Vernassière, specialist in the right to personal injury. According to the latter and thanks to the action of magistrates, who have established a methodology passed on to other judges, we have been witnessing for some years now, “a certain leveling of decisions from one jurisdiction to another”.