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£150,000 Compensation for Seriously Injured Cyclist

20 July 2015

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Slater and Gordon secured an out-of-court settlement in favour of a South London cyclist who was left bed-bound for five months after she collided with a car door.

Settlement value: £150,000

What happened:

Matthew's 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 immediately taken to hospital by ambulance.

Impact: Matthew's client, who was in her 50s, was 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 Matthew's 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 cannot kneel, has problems using stairs and cannot walk for any longer than 15 minutes without having to take regular breaks.

How Matthew helped: Matthew understood how, after having previously led a very fit and active life, his 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 Matthew saw how devastated she was that she could no longer do this.

With Matthew's client needing a total knee replacement in the future, Matthew sought the best possible outcome for her so that she can move on with her life.

Decision: £150,000 compensation awarded in an out-of-court settlement.

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