£27,000 Compensation for Passenger Not Wearing Seat Belt

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A Car Accident Claim Case Study – Client Situation

A woman in her late 20s was injured in a head-on car crash. She wasn’t wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident as it happened only moments after she had got into the car. She was thrown to the front of the car in the crash, and sustained soft tissue injuries to her face and chest, which healed fairly quickly.

However, she was also left with fractures to both of her legs, which meant she had to undergo surgery. She was left with scars on her legs as a result of the surgical procedures, which she felt particularly conscious about, due to her relatively young age.

Doctors gave her the option of undergoing further surgery in the future to remove the metalwork in her legs, and she decided she would like to have this procedure carried out.

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How We Helped

The young woman contacted our Car Accident Lawyers for free legal advice. After reviewing the details of her situation, Sinead Ducrotoy, an Associate Personal Injury Solicitor with considerable expertise in handling road traffic accident claims, agreed to take on her case and assessed the client’s claim so a suitable amount of compensation could be calculated.

The intention was to put our client in the position she would’ve been in had the car accident not taken place, at least as much as possible.

Sinead looked at factors including the cost of the metalwork surgery our client wanted, and the care and assistance she required as a result of her various accident-related symptoms, both physical and psychological.

At the time of the accident, our client was also set to take exams so she could pursue her chosen career. As a result of her injuries, she had to delay taking these exams, so we included her subsequent loss of earnings and the impact of the accident on her career progression in her claim.

Once the value of the claim had been determined, Sinead approached the party our client held responsible for the car accident.

The Outcome

Sinead negotiated a compensation settlement in the amount of £27,000 for our client, which took into account the fact that she had not been wearing a seatbelt when the car accident occurred.

Our client was extremely happy with the compensation award and went on to arrange the metalwork surgery on a private basis with the funds we secured for her. After the case was settled, she told us she was very grateful for all the help and support she got from Sinead and her team, especially as she’d never had any experience of making a personal injury claim before.

At Simpson Millar, most car accident claims are can be dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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