A Motorbike Accident Claim Case Study – Client Situation
Our client was riding his Honda motorbike when the driver of a Ford Transit van swapped lanes without warning. The van hit our client’s bike and he was knocked into incoming traffic.
He was thrown to the ground and a car ran over his foot, leaving him with multiple injuries, including fractures in his right foot and skin burns to his left hand.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance, where a Lisfranc fracture dislocation to his foot was diagnosed. He was put in a leg cast and told to attend a fracture clinic, before having further surgery to repair his fractures around 4 weeks later.
Our client had to continue wearing a cast for several more weeks before undergoing physiotherapy. Although the soft tissue injuries he sustained healed within 6 weeks, the scarring he sustained on his hand and right foot was permanent.
He was also left with other lasting symptoms from the motorbike accident, including swelling, discomfort, stiffness and cramps within his foot. His pain gets worse with physical activity and he now struggles to put all his weight on his foot. Furthermore, he has a very high chance of developing osteoarthritis in his foot in the future.
The motorbike accident also had a psychological impact on our client, as he suffered from an adjustment disorder for a year following the accident. His symptoms included low mood and travel anxiety, as well as irritability, frustration and emotional withdrawal.
How We Helped
The injured biker wanted to claim compensation from the van driver and so he contacted our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors for a free consultation with legal advice. Susan Vanden, our Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager felt he had a strong case for compensation and agreed to take on his case.
Our client believed the motorbike accident was caused by the negligence of van driver, as our client had been correctly proceeding at the time the collision occurred. However, the van driver failed to respond to his presence and therefore attempted to move lanes when it wasn’t safe to do so.
Thankfully, the van driver’s insurers admitted liability (fault) for the accident, which meant the case didn’t have to go to Court. Susan could therefore focus on ensuring his compensation claim could be accurately valued.
Susan and her team arranged independent medical reports from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Psychologist, who compiled reports outlining his condition and the lasting effects his injuries would have on his life.
Our client was offered a compensation settlement of £40,000 which he accepted. Since the van driver’s insurers had admitted liability for the accident, Susan was able to negotiate a settlement that fully reflected the lasting physical, psychological and financial consequences of the accident on our client.
The settlement also took into account other effects of the accident that had been distressing for him. For instance, our client had been unable to see his daughter for around 4 weeks after the accident, and had to cancel a holiday with her because of his injuries, which was upsetting for both of them.
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