Road Traffic Accident Case Studies
Slater and Gordon has one of the largest and most experienced road traffic accident departments in Britain, with expert personal injury teams specialising in handling complex cases involving long term programmes of rehabilitation.
Cyclist receives £575,000 in compensation
A headteacher who was forced to retire after he was knocked from his bicycle has received £575,000 in an out of court settlement.
The cyclist - who was in his 50s - was knocked unconscious in the incident and was bleeding from his ears, and suffered such serious injuries that he was flown to hospital by air ambulance. A lawyer with Slater and Gordon said the injured man had been taking an early morning ride along a road near to his home, when a 4x4 drove into the back of him.
“Although liability was admitted in full, the defendant’s insurers argued that the financial impact on my client was not as significant as we had claimed, but before the incident, this man was the headteacher of a school earning a substantial salary.
As a result of the injuries he sustained that day he was medically retired, so it was vital we secured damages that compensated him for his considerable lost future earnings and pension. “We obtained numerous reports from specialists including a neurologist, neuropsychologist, ENT surgeon, orthopaedic surgeon, plastic surgeon and forensic accountants, and following negotiations we successfully settled the claim on behalf of my client for £575,000.”
Learner driver - £40,000 compensation
Sara Heppenstall's client was a learner driver who was involved in head on collision with the Defendant.
Liability was admitted, and as a result of the accident, Sara’s client suffered serious abdominal injury and other injuries including Orthopaedic Injuries and psychological injuries.
Court proceedings were issued, and Sara a lawyer with Slater and Gordon successfully settled the Road Traffic Accident Claim for the sum of just under £40,000.
Man in collision receives £300,000 compensation
A construction worker who was unable to return to work after he was seriously injured in a high speed road accident, has received more than £300,000 in compensation.
The man was driving his car to work when another motorist lost control of her vehicle and veered into his own. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance, where he was treated for his injuries and underwent surgery to repair a number of fractures. The other motorist was sadly killed in the incident.
Leanne Tattam, a lawyer with Slater and Gordon, said the man – who was in his 50s - sustained such a catalogue of injuries that it affected his ability to work.
“As a result of the accident my client suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis, a fractured wrist, fracture and dislocation to his hip, along with multiple fractures and dislocation to his foot,” said Leanne. “He underwent numerous reconstruction and fixation surgeries – involving the insertion of various metal pins and rods - and although they were successful in the main he has been left suffering from constant aches and pain, and with considerable and understandable limitations to his mobility.
“In addition, he also suffered a head injury and moderate brain injury,” said Leanne.
The defendant in the case was the insurance company of the other motorist, and after admitting liability for the man’s injuries they offered to settle the claim for around £200,000.
“Whilst that was clearly a not inconsiderable amount, it didn’t take into account the full implications of my client’s injuries – the care he would need, and his inability to return to the construction industry in which he had worked for many years,” said Leanne.
“We secured expert evidence from a number of medical specialists, including an orthopaedic surgeon who specialised in hip fractures, a consultant neurologist, psychiatrist, and neuropsychologist,” she said. “These medical experts were in agreement that the extent and nature of the injuries meant that my client could not undertake the physical work he had done prior to the accident, and he was therefore severely disadvantaged on the open labour market. As the injuries therefore affected his ability to earn a living, we factored this into our negotiations.”
Leanne settled the claim on behalf of her client for a total of £310,000.