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Over £123,000 Compensation after Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident

22 March 2016

A woman who was badly injured in a hit and run collision as she was walking home from a pub has received compensation for her injuries.

Settlement Value: £123,783

What Happened: Our client was walking home from a pub with her husband and brother-in-law one night in December 2012.

As she was crossing a junction with a lane, she was knocked down by an unidentified car, which hit her on the left side of her body. The car failed to stop and the police classified the collision as a hit and run.

Impact: Our client sustained a number of injuries including a fractured pelvis, a fractured shoulder and a compression fracture to the sacrum bone at the bottom of her spine.

She also sustained a laceration to the head and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

After spending three weeks in hospital , our client needed a wheelchair as her injuries rendered her immobile. She was completely dependent on other people for care and was unable to return to her job.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We submitted a claim to the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) which is the fund of last resort for victims of road traffic collisions where the driver fails to stop.

The MIB initially raised an allegation of contributory negligence against our client, but we successfully refuted this and they dealt with the claim in full.

Our client sustained very complex injuries and, therefore, required extensive rehabilitation. We persuaded the MIB to fund a Nurse Case Manager who managed our client’s private medical rehabilitation, including extensive physiotherapy, psychological therapy, adaptations in the home and further shoulder surgery.

Our client was unable to return to her pre-accident employment, so we secured the MIB’s agreement to make timely interim payments throughout the case to assist our client financially.

We worked collaboratively with the MIB, with a focus on our client’s rehabilitation. We were delighted when, three years following the accident, she made a reasonable recovery from her injuries and was able to commence alternative employment.

Decision: The claim was settled in favour of our client who received over £123,000 in compensation for her injuries.

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