Our client was walking along a London street in September 2010. Along the inside of the pavement was a long metal barrier which was resting on the pavement with flat metal feet. Unfortunately, one of the feet were sticking up and as a result our client tripped over it and fell, sustaining injury.
He received soft tissue injuries and lacerations to his face together with damage to his teeth. His crown came loose and he had to attend at his dentist for further treatment to refit the crown.
He also received treatment from his GP as a result of his facial injuries and a soft tissue injury to his right knee.
A claim was made in January 2011 and liability was admitted at the outset. The insurers initially put forward a pre-medical offer of £1200. This was rejected and a further offer was made in the sum of £2000. Again, this offer was rejected.
We disclosed photographs of the client’s facial injuries and provided them with a letter from his dentist which confirmed that the crown may need to be replaced at some stage in the future. In view of this, they made a final pre-medical offer to settle in the sum of £5600 which was accepted and, in addition, the legal costs were recovered.
Although we do not normally advise clients to settle without the benefit of a medical report giving a final opinion and prognosis, this was an excellent outcome and the client was keen to settle.
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