Mr Barruffo was cycling from his home in Partington to Healey to go to the Railway Hotel for a drink after work.
As he cycled along Warburton Road which became Paddock Lane, he passed the junction with Dunham Road. He recalls cycling towards the junction and passing the traffic island but does not recall anything until waking when he was being picked up by the ambulance.
Mr Barruffo has since found out that he was struck from behind by a car and dragged for some distance along the road. As a result of the accident, he sustained a gash to the top of his head, bruising to his face and an injury to his left wrist. He also had a wound to the right side of his throat. He also sustained hearing loss and tinnitus together with a loss of sense of taste and smell. As a result of being knocked unconsciousness in the accident, he also has an increased risk of developing epilepsy. Whilst his soft tissue injuries have remained, he is left with scarring to his left wrist. His tinnitus/deafness and loss of sense of taste and smell have improved but will now remain permanent.
After making a claim with us, we were able to negotiate a settlement of £60,000 compensation.
The case highlights the care that motorists need to take for cyclists. It is fortunate the Mr Barruffo was not more seriously injured. However, he has been left with permanent effects from the accident and this settlement can only provide some comfort.
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident whilst cycling, our No Win No Fee solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Cycling Accident Compensation page for more information.
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