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26 February 2016
A cyclist who suffered a permanent eye injury and needed 37 titanium screws and plates to restructure his face following a collision with a car has received £100,000 in compensation.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: John Hutchings is a senior personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
Settlement Value: £100,000
What Happened: Our client was cycling home from work when he collided with the back of a car that was parked up in a designated cycle lane because of a flat tyre.
He was airlifted to Royal Preston hospital where he underwent extensive facial reconstruction surgery.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: Slater and Gordon secured witness evidence which confirmed that the defendant knew that both of her front car tyres were defective.
The defendant had been witnessed trying to pump air into her front car tyres only hours before the accident occurred.
It was identified early on that if successful, a significant amount of contributory negligence was likely to be applied.
The defendant never conceded liability but did make a number of offers to settle which were rejected.
Impact: Our client suffered fractured left and right eye sockets, both of which had to be completely rebuilt. He also suffered a fractured jaw and his cheekbones on both sides were destroyed.
He also suffered multiple broken ribs, a punctured lung, internal bleeding and two fractured vertebrae in his neck.
As a result of his injuries he needed 37 titanium screws and plates to restructure his face. He is now unable to open his right eyelid.
Decision: The initial offer was more than doubled to the sum of £100,000 which was accepted by our client.
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