Cyclist with Spinal Cord Injury gets £1.8 million to help her recovery

Author:
Caroline Fox
Senior Associate Solicitor, Serious Injury Claims
Date:
24/03/2021

How We Helped our Client after a Spinal Cord Injury

Mrs B, a woman in her late 60s, was cycling in a cycle lane when she was hit by a car turning left across the cycle lane. She was thrown over the car’s bonnet and landed heavily on her right arm. She couldn't move and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Mrs B sustained a hyperextension injury of the cervical spine and damage to her spinal cord. She had surgery, but was left partially paralysed as a result of her injuries.

She had to learn how to walk again and it took her some time before she was could sign her signature again.

Her injuries had a huge effect on every aspect of her daily life, and she had to rely on extensive care from her husband.

Mrs B decided to take legal action and approached our team of expert Personal Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment.

We were confident she had a good chance of successfully claiming compensation for her spinal cord injury and agreed to help her.

If Mrs B's claim was successful, she could access the care, support and rehabilitation that she badly needed, and live a more independent life.

How our Personal Injury Solicitors Helped

We arranged for Mrs B to have several independent medical assessments from various medical specialists.

These experts each put together reports outlining details of her injuries and how they’ve affected her life.

With this information, we could work out what care, support and rehabilitation she needed, and include the cost of this in our claim.

Caroline approached the driver’s insurer with details of the claim and at first, they denied responsibility for Mrs B’s injuries.

However, they did eventually admit fault, which meant we could apply for interim payments of compensation.

This meant she had early access to funds to pay for intensive rehabilitation, without having to wait for the claim to settle in full.

What was the Outcome?

Following negotiations with the insurance company, a compensation settlement of £1.8 million was agreed.

This will help pay for the single-storey accommodation and specialist aids and equipment Mrs B needs to help her live as independently as possible.

She is also continuing to work with her medical and treating rehabilitation team to help her improve her mobility, and receiving regular care from her husband.

The case demonstrates the importance of receiving early interim payments to fund intensive rehabilitation, and we’re delighted to have supported Mrs B and her family throughout the rehabilitation process.

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