Head-on Collision Personal Injury Case Study

17 March 2017

By Senior Personal Injury Solicitor James Wormell

Client Situation

James 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.

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