Irwin Mitchell’s specialist road traffic accident team have recovered two million pounds in compensation for a man severely injured as a result of a road traffic collision.
Our client was crossing the road, when a car reversed into him. He was admitted to hospital and after various scans and x-rays it was revealed he had fractured his right hip.
Our client was eventually sent home with painkillers and the advice that he shouldn’t weightbare for 6-8 weeks. However, as the pain got so bad, he went back to A&E for further testing.
Our client was then admitted as an inpatient during which time he suffered a cardiac arrest resulting in a hypoxic brain injury - the name for a brain injury caused by a decrease in the supply of oxygen going to the brain.
Our client initially took the claim to a different solicitor and expert evidence and witness statements had already been exchanged. The claim had also been issued in the County Court and an offer to settle was made which the previous solicitor suggested should be accepted. The case was then transferred over to us.
We immediately made an application to transfer the matter to the high court, asking the high court to provide further directions and permission for expert evidence. The application was contested but we were successful.
Over the following month we obtained further evidence on accommodation, transport, and his wife’s care needs and causation. Our client’s domestic life was complicated because he had previously been supporting his wife who suffered with MS, both financially and physically. The offer did not allow for any care or support for our client’s wife, and included minimal care for our client and was predominately for loss of earnings.
With the help of Lauren Hurney, personal injury specialist based in our London offices, the claim settled for two million pounds, beating the initial offer by one million.
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