Ms S of Oxford was 17 years old and just about to start an apprenticeship as a hairdresser when she was involved in a serious car accident. She was travelling with her family as a passenger when the car was involved in a very serious head on collision.
She suffered a significant injury to her collarbone which had been fractured and dislocated. She also suffered serious lacerations across her abdomen, which resulted in permanent scarring.
She managed to return to work as an apprentice hairdresser some 3 months after the accident but because of her injury she was unable to resume all of the work related activities. The surgery she underwent to fix the collarbone was initially unsuccessful and further surgery was needed to reconstruct the collarbone joint using grafts.
In addition Ms S was traumatised by the car accident, in which other members of her family had sustained serious, and in some cases, life threatening injuries. She was unable to resume driving lessons for nearly 2 years and needed therapy.
Ms S continued to complete her apprenticeship but due to her physical restrictions this was delayed by a period of almost 2 years. Despite Ms S’s determination to resume the career that she had always wanted, she was unable to work full shifts as a hairdresser owing to fatigue and pain. Her income over her working life was likely to be considerably reduced as a consequence.
How We Helped
Senior Personal Injury Solicitor Jason Harries contacted the insurers of the other driver within days of being instructed and submitted a formal claim to them on our client’s behalf. Jason and his team obtained professional photographs and Police reports confirming the other driver was entirely to blame for causing the car accident.
Jason obtained a formal admission of fault and interim payments on account of the claim. In addition Jason secured an agreement to assist Ms S with treatment and rehabilitation, including psychotherapy sessions which helped Ms S recover from the traumatic incident.
Arrangements were also made for our client to be seen by specialist Consultants, who made recommendations for private treatment and who agreed that her ability to work full time as a hairdresser may not be possible as a result of her collarbone injury. It was thought that Ms S may have to choose a different career. Ms S was understandably upset by this prospect as she had trained for years to achieve her qualification and she was determined to work in the field despite her pain and discomfort.
Ms S made a good recovery from the psychological effects of the car accident but unfortunately has been left with permanent restrictions with her right shoulder. However, through her commitment and determination she was able to resume working in her chosen career, albeit on a restricted part-time basis.
The compensation that Senior Personal Injury Solicitor Jason Harries secured on her behalf allowed her to purchase aids and equipment that would assist her to work, and was calculated to make up the shortfall in her anticipated salary, allowing her to purchase a home with her partner.
The expert opinions obtained allowed us to reach an agreement to settle Ms S’s claim and after nearly 4 years she received £225,000 in compensation for her injuries and losses.
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