£455,000 Compensation for Motorbike Accident Injuries
12 September 2014
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Adam Wilson has secured £455,000 compensation for a police motorcyclist injured on duty.
Whilst riding her motorbike with her colleagues on a motorway, Adam’s client lost control of her motorbike when she was caught up in debris left in the carriageway, after a car accident collision which occurred immediately in front of her.
She fell into the roadway sustaining a complex fracture of the right patella which required internal fixation. The claimant was 34 at the time of the motorbike accident and over the past 6 years she has undergone eight operations culminating in a patella-femoral prosthesis. The medical opinion is that she will require a total knee replacement within approximately 20 years and due to her age, it is likely this will need to be repeated later in life.
Her mobility is impaired and she requires medication daily to combat the pain. The nature of the injury has had a massive impact on her life.
She returned to work on restricted duties but despite her best attempts to return to operational deployment she was unable to do so and was subsequently retired by her employers who were unable to identify a suitable role for her to manage her injury.
She has returned to work but her restrictions mean the choice of employment open to her is severely limited. She was thoroughly committed to her highly rewarding career and would have worked in the police for a further 20 years or more. She previously enjoyed a variety of sports and outdoor activities, but can no longer engage in any of these.
The driver of the car that caused the accident did not stop and was not found. The claimant could not pursue her case against an insurance company but had to apply to the Motor Insurers Bureau for an award from the Untraced Drivers Scheme. After various deliberations they accepted that she was the victim of a negligent driver and was therefore eligible for a compensation award.
During the compensation claim process medical evidence was obtained confirming that she is likely to require two knee replacements in her lifetime and is permanently disadvantaged not only in terms of employment but also in all aspects of her life.
Adam Wilson helped the claimant through the uncertainties of the Untraced Drivers Scheme and finally negotiated a compensation settlement for her pain and suffering and loss of future income.
This result means that the claimant can now try and put this incident behind her. Despite the constant reminders of the motorbike accident she now has a degree of stability and financial security that will hopefully give her the opportunities to help her move on.
Adam Wilson is a Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Birmingham.
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