Compensation for Psychological Injuries to Passenger in Road Traffic Collision

Compensation for Psychological Injuries to Passenger in Road Traffic Collision

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Serious Injury team in Leeds recently secured £43,000 compensation received for injuries sustained by a passenger in a road traffic accident.   At the time of the accident occurred our client was a front seat passenger in a car being driven by her husband.  The vehicle left the road and collided with a hedge. 
 
The impact of the crash caused our client to sustain a large hernia, soft tissue injuries and psychological injuries which prevented her from travelling in a car for many months.  Compensation was secured, of which a sum went towards treatment to assist with recovery from the psychological symptoms and enable her to travel in a car again.  This was particularly important because at the time of the accident our client was recovering from breast cancer, following successful chemotherapy and still had hospital appointments to attend.
 
Due to the ongoing symptoms from the hernia which were expected to continue on a permanent basis, our client is prevented from lifting heavy objects and certain activities which affect her ability to do the gardening and some household tasks.  The monies received therefore also include the cost of paying for the more manual tasks to be done. 
 
Serious injury specialist Cathryn Godfrey was instructed to pursue a claim on behalf of the woman and commented, “my client sustained significant injuries in this accident through no fault of her own.  The fact that she was unable to travel in a car following the accident was of significant consequence, because it prevented her attending the hospital for important non-accident related appointments.  The funds received for treatment to assist with the psychological symptoms prior to settlement of the claim enabled my client to receive treatment at an early stage.  Fortunately this was successful and she has been able to travel as a passenger again and attend the vital hospital appointments.
 
In addition, my client now has the funds to pay for assistance in the garden and around the house with the heavier tasks that will help to control and manage the symptoms from the hernia." 

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