A Pedestrian Accident Case Study – Client Situation
Our client was walking along the pavement when a passing motorist mounted the kerb and hit him. Our client, who was with his young son at the time of the accident, was crushed between the vehicle and a stone wall.
Our client sustained several injuries in the accident, including:
- A crush injury to the left leg
- Soft tissue injuries to the knee and calf
- Soft tissue injuries to both hands
- Multiple abrasions and lacerations
- Permanent scarring over his left hand, forearm and lower leg
Our client was fortunate as he didn’t need to undergo multiple invasive and dangerous operations after the accident. However, he did have to go through intensive physiotherapy, which proved an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience for him.
Despite the treatment, he still experiences difficulties when getting around on foot. For instance, he continues to experience pain when walking up slopes or climbing stairs, and therefore still needs to have more physiotherapy sessions.
The accident also had a profound psychological impact on our client, triggering major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our client’s son also sustained injuries when the accident occurred.
How We Helped
Our client decided to claim compensation following the accident and he called our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors for free legal advice. After reviewing all the details he provided, Associate Solicitor Sinead Ducrotoy agreed to represent him.
Sinead arranged for him to undergo medical examinations by a Consultant in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery and a Consultant Psychiatrist. Following their examinations, they prepared medical reports outlining his condition, his prognosis and any future care requirements he may have.
The medical evidence showed that our client’s leg injury was likely to be permanent, and although he was expected to regain much of the function in his leg, there could still be as much as a 25% deficit.
It was also concluded that the lasting impact of his injuries would put him at a disadvantage on the open labour market. Furthermore, the evidence showed that he’d be unlikely to be able to return to sporting activities he had previously enjoyed, including football and surfing.
The Consultant Psychiatrist, meanwhile, was confident that the symptoms of our client’s PTSD and depression could improve within the next 12 to 18 months, as long as he got the required treatment.
Sinead and her team assessed the medical evidence and our client’s financial circumstances to calculate how much compensation he would be entitled to. Our valuation of his claim reflected many different factors, including:
- The possible impact of the injury on his future job prospects
- Past and potentially future loss of earnings
- Any care and assistance he required
- Treatment costs
- Travel expenses
Sinead then approached the party our client held responsible for causing the accident, and they admitted liability (fault). As a result, the case could be settled without the need to go to Court.
Our client was awarded a compensation settlement of £50,000. This amount reflected the severity of his injuries and the wider impact they have had and will continue to have on his life.
In particular, this compensation payout means he can now access the further physiotherapy treatment he needs to aid his physical recovery, as well as the psychological treatment which may help his PTSD and depression symptoms improve.
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