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Pothole Injury Accident Claim Settlement of £17,500 Compensation for Injured Cyclist

03 September 2012

In this cycling accident case Personal Injury Lawyer Paul Kitson successfully represented a cyclist who was injured after hitting a pothole.

Our client who is a keen and experienced cyclist, was cycling along a road in Milton Keynes when he hit a large pothole in the road and was thrown from his bike. He sustained a fracture of left clavicle and fractured neck left femur. 

Prior to the accident our client was a very fit and able 79 year old. He walked 3-4 miles and could jog, swim and cycle 65 miles per week and he was determined to maintain a good level of fitness. He often used to cycle alone on the open road.

Our client’s main concern however, was taking care of his wife who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Prior to the accident he provided care to his wife and carried out all the household chores. He was unable to continue with this care after the accident.  

This case went to trial and Counsel for the Defendant argued for reduced damages as our client had made a reasonable and quick recovery given the severity of his cycling accident injuries.

The Judge accepted this, but however went on to state that the man’s quick recovery was attributable to his strong will and determination, and this should not result in his award being reduced.

He awarded compensation in the amount of £17,500 for PSLA. The Judge commented that the Defendant should not benefit as a result of our client’s hard work and determination to recover from his injuries quickly.

Paul Kitson is a keen cyclist and a Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon in London. Paul is also Slater and Gordon's partner representing injured members of the CTC, the UK's national cycling charity.

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