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Head-on Collision Personal Injury Case Study

17th March 2017

For free legal advice call our Personal Injury Claims Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will help you.

Client Situation

Senior Personal Injury Solicitor James Wormell secured £115,000 compensation for a client, Mr R, who was injured in a road accident on his way to work, while he was a front seat passenger in a van being driven by his team leader.

As they travelled to the workplace, a van travelling in the opposite direction swerved into their path, causing a head-on collision. The driver of the other van said he had suffered a sneezing fit.

The other van driver (the defendant) claimed that Mr R wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. We gathered evidence to defend our client from this allegation, which enabled us to demonstrate that he had been properly restrained by a seatbelt.

As a result of the impact from the accident, Mr R hit his head and required stitches around his face. He has been left with mild facial scarring and ongoing headaches. Mr R also suffered a fracture in his leg and wrist, leaving him unable to enjoy his normal sporting hobbies. These injuries also left him mildly restricted within the work place.

Mr R also suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and family members reported how he was not the same after the accident.

How We Helped

Solicitor James Wormell helped Mr R make a personal injury claim against the van driver who was responsible for the accident.

James arranged Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help Mr R with his psychological injuries. After a short course of treatment, he made a full recovery and this helped him get a new full time role working at a pub. With the support of his employers, with whom James kept in close contact, Mr R was able to delegate the more difficult tasks to colleagues and in so doing he prospered in his new role.

James also arranged for Mr R to see a plastic surgeon, and he’s now aware that revision surgery is an option available to him in the future. He underwent investigations by a neurologist and neuropsychologist, who were able to assure Mr R that he did not have a permanent brain injury.

The Outcome

The personal injury claim resulted in a final award to Mr R of £115,000 in compensation. He remains mildly restricted on a day to day basis, but the compensation which we secured on his behalf will help him cope with his injuries.

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

For free legal advice call our Personal Injury Claims Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.

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