Over £25k for Loss of Confidence after Pedestrian Accident
22 September 2015
An elderly lady from Ireland who was injured in a pedestrian accident whilst visiting the UK has received compensation for loss of confidence.
Settlement value: Over £25,000
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Reena Chohan is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Derby.
What happened: Our client, who was over 80 years old, was visiting the UK on holiday from Ireland when she was run over by a car as a pedestrian.
She sustained a wound to her leg which took over a year to heal and also became ulcerated. She also sustained minor injuries to her back.
Impact: Following the accident, our client returned to Ireland for medical treatment and had lost confidence in travelling.
The main part of the claim was based on loss of confidence as a result of the accident, and that our client’s daughter who lived in England had to relocate to Ireland to look after her mother.
How Slater and Gordon Helped:
Claims for loss of confidence are quite rare but we advised our client to proceed with her claim.
We overcame many difficulties in obtaining orthopaedic and psychological evidence from experts based in Ireland and sourced the experts ourselves after finding that those recommended by medical agencies were not appropriate. We sourced experts based in Cork, where our client lived, and secured an appointment with a psychologist based there.
Decision: Liability was admitted by the other side but as our client was over 80, they tried to attribute her ongoing problems to her age, even though prior to the accident she was very independent and often travelled abroad alone.
We settled the claim in favour of our client and the final settlement was double the initial Part 36 offer.
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