Client Awarded £61,000 Settlement after Collision with a Lorry

19 September 2019

Client Situation

Mr B was driving to work in the early hours of the morning near his home in Swindon, when a lorry driver attempted a U-turn across the dual carriageway in front of him. It was pitch black, but Mr B saw the lorry and hit his brakes. Unfortunately, however, he was unable to prevent his car from sliding under the lorry.

Mr B suffered multiple fractures to his spine, hand and feet, as well as mild psychological injuries. He was bed bound for a number of months and was unable to get upstairs in his home. He required a high level of care from his girlfriend and housemate during this time.

Following the accident, Mr B was also wheelchair bound for two months as a result of his injuries. Mr B was working in a restaurant at the time and was unable to work as a result of his injuries.

How We Helped

Mr B contacted Co-op Legal Services' Personal Injury team and his Serious Injury Claim was assigned to Senior Personal Injury Solicitor, James Wormell.

James obtained expert evidence from a psychologist, hand specialist and spinal expert. James worked closely with Mr B to build his claim and he negotiated with the other side on Mr B's behalf. As the lorry driver and his insurer were from outside the UK, this added an additional complexity to the claim.

An interim payment was secured from the defendant to fund hand therapy. This prompt intervention proved successful in greatly reducing the risk of Mr B suffering from an ongoing disability.

This therapy also contributed to a remarkable recovery. Despite the severity of his injuries, Mr B was able to return to work at the restaurant where he was employed within a matter of months, thus greatly reducing his losses.

The Outcome

Mr B is a young and determined man who was keen to work with our Personal Injury team to settle his claim and move forward from his accident.

James secured a compensation settlement for Mr B for the sum of £61,000. This complex Serious Injury Claim was settled within approximately three years of the accident.

Client Testimonial

"I would like to thank you for leading my case. It was a pleasure working with you." L.B., Wiltshire

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