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21 July 2015
A woman received over £20,000 compensation after she sustained whiplash and other soft tissue injuries following a road traffic accident.
Settlement value: £23,000
Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Beverley Hudson is a Litigation Executive at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.
Beverley's client was driving her car when another vehicle approached at speed from her left-hand side.
She tried to swerve away but the other vehicle collided with the rear of her car and she lost control, crashing head-on into a shop window.
As a result of the collision, she suffered whiplash and also sustained soft-tissue injuries to her lower back, chest and right ankle.
Impact: Beverley's client was very fit and active but, after the accident, could no longer take part in any sporting activities for several months after and her social and family life suffered as a result.
She was also a successful bailiff and was very close to securing a major business contract. She became unable to fulfil this after the accident and lost the contract opportunity.
After becoming extremely worried about her financial situation, she instructed Slater and Gordon to act on her behalf.
How Beverley helped: Although the other driver admitted liability quickly, Beverley sought to recover her client's financial loss and arranged for her injuries to be examined by an orthopaedic surgeon and spinal specialist.
MRI scans revealed that Beverley's client had an aggravated prolapsed disc in her back which would take up to four years to recover with the aid of physiotherapy or injection therapy.
In addition to this, she also suffered additional pain due to whiplash and other soft tissue injuries which, according to medical experts, would take up to nine months to recover.
Beverley arranged injection therapy for her client and, in an attempt to help with her financial situation, secured an interim payment of of £2,000 to cover the costs of scans, treatment and travel expenses.
An initial settlement of £13,000 was offered but Beverley argued that this did not sufficiently compensate her client for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity for up to four years – or for her loss of enjoyment of her usual activities.
A counter offer of £16,000 was also rejected as Beverley's client was very concerned about the lost business contract and the financial loss resulting from this.
Decision: A final settlement of £23,000 was agreed, which included compensation for loss of contract, loss of enjoyment and general damages.
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