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Cyclist injured after stationary car driver opened door

Our client was cycling past a stationary car on a London street when a door suddenly opened and knocked her off her bike. She had no time to avoid the collision and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

20 July 2016

Our client was in her 50s at the time and diagnosed with a fractured left knee as well as significant ligament damage. She underwent surgery to have supporting metalwork inserted into her damaged knee joint and was discharged the following day.

She was unable to return to her job for six months, had to wear a knee brace and was essentially bed-bound for five months, becoming entirely reliant on her partner and father for care.

When our client returned to work after six months, she continued to find it difficult to stand for any length of time and underwent a second operation six months later.

She still suffers with significant pain in her injured knee to this day. She can’t kneel, has problems using stairs and can’t walk for longer than 15 minutes without having to take regular breaks.

We understood how, after having previously led a very fit and active life, our client could no longer enjoy activities she loved such as swimming, walking, gardening and especially cycling.

Not only was cycling her main form of transport to and from work, but she and her partner often went on cycling holidays together and we saw how devastated she was that she could no longer do this.

With our client needing a total knee replacement in the future, we sought the best possible outcome for her and managed to settle her claim for £150,000 compensation so that she can move on with her life.

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