A crowdfunding campaign launched to cover the legal costs of Robert Hazeldean has reached its £21,300 goal within 24 hours of being launched. The cyclist says that being able to cover the compensation claim is a huge weight off his mind, but there is still a chance he could be left bankrupt with the claimant seeking almost £100,000 in costs.
Hazeldean and pedestrian Gemma Brushett were both knocked unconscious in a collision at a junction near Cannon Street railway station in the City of London in July 2015. Brushett sued.
A judge this week found them both jointly liable for the crash, but Hazeldean has been unable to protect himself against a destructive costs award as he didn’t put forward a counterclaim himself.
“This was not because I was not injured, but because I do not advocate the claim culture,” he explained.
Thanking everyone who has donated, Hazeldean’s friend, Brittany Maher-Kirk who launched the crowdfunder, said: “We’re hopeful that the final costs won’t significantly exceed what the judge suggested this week (which was £21,300 in total) but I will leave this page up, and anything over the final amount will be donated to Action Aid.”
Hazeldean sponsored a child through Action Aid for 13 years, but due to the financial pressures around the case recently had to stop.
At the time of writing, almost £40,000 has been raised. You can donate here.
Hazeldean is currently awaiting a final hearing date at which the costs he owes will be decided.