Car Accident Claim Settled for £156,000 Compensation Case Study

23 February 2017

By Personal Injury Solicitor Sarah Campbell

Client Situation

Ms C was seriously injured in a car accident whilst driving along a country road when her car collided head-on with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. Ms C was rendered unconscious during the impact and had no recollection of the accident.

During the accident Ms C had suffered a head injury with a subarachnoid haemorrhage, an injury to her chest with fractured ribs and a pneumothorax requiring the insertion of a chest drain, and fractures to her pelvis, spine and sacrum. She was in hospital for 2 weeks following the car accident, and she remained on crutches for 3 months after she was discharged.

How We Helped

Personal Injury Claims Solicitor Sarah Campbell started a claim on behalf of Ms C. The Defendant gave a version of events to say that Ms C was responsible for the car accident. The Defendant was also injured during the accident and brought his own claim against Ms C.

Sarah obtained disclosure of the police report, the police collision investigation report and obtained a copy of the Defendant’s statement to the police. Sarah also obtained our own independent report from an accident reconstruction expert. Negotiations with the Defendant resulted in our achieving an agreement out of Court to apportion liability between Ms C and the Defendant on a 50/50 basis.

An agreement was obtained from the Defendant that they would fund Ms C’s rehabilitation under the Rehabilitation Code in order to aid recovery from her injuries. Ms C received physiotherapy and psychotherapy.

Sarah also obtained medical reports from an Orthopaedic Consultant, a Respiratory Physician, a Neurologist, a Neuroradiologist, a Neuropsychologist and a Neuropsychiatrist. The Defendant obtained their own reports from a Neurologist, a Neuroradiologist, a Neuropsychologist and a Neuropsychiatrist.

The Outcome

Ms C made a good recovery from her orthopaedic injuries but her recovery from her head injury was more complicated. She made a good recovery from the cognitive difficulties but she continued to suffer from ongoing fatigue and anxiety caused by a combination of psychological issues and an organic injury to her brain.

The symptoms had prevented Ms C from being able to return to work, but it was expected that with further treatment for her psychological symptoms Ms C would be able to return to work within 18 months of the claim concluding. She would remain vulnerable to relapses of her psychological symptoms and to a degree of fatigue in the future. Ms C had an increased risk of developing epilepsy as a result of her head injury.

The claim was settled out of Court for £156,000 net of the liability agreement, which was equivalent to a gross award of £312,000 compensation.

At Co-op Legal Services most claims can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.

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