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Pedestrian Hit by Motorcycle in France

14 December 2015

Damages awarded for a pedestrian hit by a motorcycle crossing the road in France.

Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Jaime Padron is a personal injury lawyer in the travel department of Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.

Settlement: £31000

What Happened: In January 2012 in France, our client crossed a road at a pedestrian crossing when the lights for pedestrians were on green. There were several other pedestrians crossing the road already. The defendant was a motorcycle rider who failed to control his vehicle and collided into our client. At the time of the accident, our client was a minor.

Impact: As a result of the accident, our client sustained a complex bi-malleolar dupuyten type fracture of the left ankle with talar dislocation requiring reduction, osteosynthesis via muller plate and syndemosis screw/ insertion of the medial malleolus. She required care and assistance to undertake the simplest of jobs. It had a significant impact upon her life.

How Did Slater and Gordon Help? Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP were instructed to pursue a claim against the insurer of the negligent French driver. Pursuant to relevant international laws, we had jurisdiction to act and liaised closely with counsel in France as to those issues which are ultimately governed by French laws. The French defendant insurer instructed solicitors in the UK and liaising with them, we successfully negotiated settlement in our client’s favour.

Decision: The case settled for £31,000 and our client, now at university, can focus on her studies.

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