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10 August 2015
A man who fractured his neck in a road traffic accident has received £50,000 damages.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Michael Latner.
Michael is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
Settlement value: £50,000
What happened: Michael's client was travelling in the front seat of a car as a passenger when the car collided with a stationary vehicle.
After the collision, he was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was x-rayed and told he had suffered a fractured neck. He was discharged three days later after a stabilising device used for cervical fractures was fitted to support and prevent any movement of his neck.
Impact: Michael's client continues to experience ongoing psychological symptoms as well as discomfort and stiffness to his neck and pain around his right shoulder. He can barely turn or tilt his neck to the left and he finds it very hard moving his neck to the right. He cannot sit for any length of time without his neck locking and becoming painful and he is totally unable to lift or carry any kind of significant weight.
Following the incident, Michael's client was fitted with a halo jacket, designed to stop all movement of the cervical spine. It consists of a metal ring secured to the skull with pins supported by two metal rods which are attached to a rigid plastic jacket worn around the trunk. After three months, the device was removed and replaced with a rigid cervical collar.
When the fracture was found to have healed the following month, he was fitted with a soft collar and underwent ten months of extensive physiotherapy.
Decision: Although Michael believed his client was entitled to a more significant damages settlement, his client was keen to settle the claim as early as possible and an offer of £50,000 was accepted.
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