£45,000 Compensation for Car Accident Survivor
A Car Accident Claim Case Study - Client Situation
Ms R was sitting in the front passenger seat of her boyfriend’s car when he attempted to overtake three cars when it wasn’t safe to do so. This caused a head-on collision with an oncoming car, and the car our client was travelling in went into a spin, rolled, hit a bank and caught fire.
Thankfully, Ms R managed to get out of the car through a broken passenger window, but her boyfriend sadly died of the injuries he sustained.
Ms R sustained several injuries in the car accident, including facial burns, a minor head injury with concussion, back and rib injuries, headaches, flashbacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Due to her physical and psychological injuries, she was unable to work for some time.
How We Helped
The accident had been entirely caused by the driver of the car she’d been travelling in, so we approached the driver’s insurance company, which accepted that he’d been at fault and caused the accident.
This meant we could negotiate a fair and reasonable compensation payout for Ms R without having to go through the added time, expense and distress of going to Court.
We carried out a thorough investigation to determine how much compensation Ms R should claim.
This included arranging independent medical assessments by a GP, a consultant psychiatrist and a neurologist. Each of these specialists prepared medical reports detailing her injuries and the impact they have had on her life.
We also took a detailed look at how her injuries had impacted on her financially, as she had incurred some costs including medication charges, and travel expenses to and from medical appointments and counselling sessions.
The claim for compensation also reflected the level of special attention, care and assistance she received from family and friends following the car accident, which was deemed to be over and above what would normally be given in the ordinary course of family life.
Following negotiations with the driver’s insurance company, a compensation settlement of £45,000 was agreed.
This will help Ms R cover her day-to-day living costs, manage her symptoms and access the treatment she needs, such as the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that has been recommended for her.
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