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Head-On Collision Victim Receives Damages

02 November 2015

A woman, who suffered a spinal injury when her car was involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle travelling on the wrong side of the road, has received compensation.

Settlement Value: Confidential

Slater and Gordon Litigation Executive: Jonathan Belcham is a Litigation Executive at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

What Happened: Our client was travelling home at night on the A57 in Manchester when her vehicle was involved in a head on collision.

The defendant, it emerged, was overtaking on the wrong side of the road and our client’s vehicle was damaged extensively.

Our client was able to recall crawling from her car before collapsing at the roadside. She was taken by ambulance to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fracture of the lumbar spine at L2 as well a fracture of the clavicle and multiple soft tissue damage.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: Instructions were taken at hospital a short while after the accident.

We were able to assist with the family’s immediate needs as our client was a single parent with two children.

The 3rd Party insurers were contacted and they agreed to assist our client through a protracted rehabilitation. A taxi account was set up to ensure the children could carry on with their schooling and other activities.

Liability was admitted and interim payments were arranged.

Impact: The fracture at L2 required our client to wear a body brace for more than four months. Her shoulder injury required an open reduction and internal fixation which left a significant scar.

Our client was not working at the time of the accident but she intended to start when her children were older. She had in fact obtained part-time employment just prior to settlement.

She made a good recovery from her injuries although there was a possibility of later deterioration as her fractured spine had damaged her inferior end plate and shortened her vertebrae.

Decision: The claim settled shortly after the commencement of proceedings. Settlement provided for some future loss.

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