£150,000 Compensation Awarded for Motorway Car Accident

17 January 2017

By Senior Personal Injury Solicitor Jason Harries

Client Situation

Our client, Ms H of Devon, was driving on the motorway when she was involved in a very serious car accident. Another driver attempted to change lane behind her car and misjudged the distance, colliding with the rear of her car. The impact caused her car to spin violently out of control, hit the central reservation and flip onto its roof.

Ms H’s left arm went through the sun roof of the car as it overturned, trapping her left hand between the roof and the road. Her left arm and hand were badly injured, and she also suffered a head injury that rendered her unconscious.

It took the emergency services more than an hour to extract Ms H from her car. She was flown by air ambulance to hospital where the surgeons carried out a grafting procedure to replace skin and tissue on the left arm.

Ms H was understandably psychologically affected by such a terrifying car accident. Her confidence was shaken and she was very self-conscious of the injury. She also needed further surgery to the hand over the next 18 months and was left with restricted movement of her hand and unsightly scarring.

How We Helped

Our Personal Injury Solicitors contacted the insurers of the other driver within days of being instructed and submitted a formal claim to them on our client’s behalf.

We obtained photographs and police reports confirming the other driver was entirely to blame for causing the accident.

We obtained a formal admission of fault and interim payments on account of the claim. These interim payments helped Ms H and her partner to rent a flat together, meaning she had extra care and support.

Our Personal Injury Solicitors also arranged for a rehabilitation report to be carried out by a case manager who then arranged for additional private therapy and treatment to aid Ms H’s recovery. This involved attending psychological therapy and occupational therapy, which were often carried out in Ms H’s home.

We arranged for our client to be seen by specialist Consultant Hand Surgeons, Neurologists and a Psychiatrist to comment upon her injuries. It was agreed by those medical experts that her return to work had been badly hampered by her injuries.

The Outcome

Ms H was able to make a recovery from some, but not all, of the problems with her damaged hand. After the therapy and treatment she could use the hand, but she still had a slightly restricted grip and the scarring was a permanent reminder of a terrible experience. She continued to suffer from headaches and pain in her arm generally but the medical experts agreed that with time and further treatment she would be able to return to work.

The claim was settled after 3 years and Ms H received £150,000 in compensation for her injuries and losses.

With Co-op Legal Services most car accidents claims can be dealt with through a No Win No Fee agreement.

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