The accident occurred in 2004. Bent Hjerting, 61, was walking with his two sons, Harald and Gustavus, when two buses collided and one veered onto the pavement, hitting Mr Hjerting and killing him. One of his sons, Harald, was also badly injured in the accident while Gustavus was unhurt.
Harald, who was 10 years old at the time of the accident, had to be freed from underneath the bus by the emergency services. He was then airlifted to hospital where he was treated for serious chest and arm injuries.
In court the family was awarded damages from the bus company. Harald, who underwent a series of painful operations and overcame post-traumatic stress disorder, was awarded £45,000 for his injuries.
The claim against the bus company included compensation for all Mr Hjerting’s children, since they were his dependents. The family was awarded £175,000, out of which Harald received a further £6,000, while Mr Hjerting's other two children received £3,500 each.
The level of compensation took into account the fact that Mr Hjerting's wife had to give up her job in order to care for Harald.