Personal injury solicitor Katy Bailey has helped a man to claim £19,000 in compensation, after he was injured in a motorcycle accident that has left him with pain and mobility problems.
The accident occurred in December 2008, on Carisbrooke High Street in Newport on the Isle of Wight. He was travelling along the High Street on his motorcycle at approximately 10mph. Suddenly a car pulled out of an alley on the left, striking the motorcycle and causing the man and his motorcycle to be thrown across the road.
The man was taken to hospital by ambulance and was found to have fractured his ankle, foot, and shoulder and broken his thumb. He was taken to theatre the following day where the ankle wound was closed. His left foot was placed in plaster up to his knee and his right thumb was also placed in plaster which ran up to his elbow. He also had to wear a sling on his left arm to support his fractured shoulder.
After four days in hospital, the man returned home but was unable to do anything for himself, being unable to walk or use either arm. His uncle helped him with daily tasks such as housework, cooking and shopping, everyday for ten weeks. Once the plaster casts were removed, he was able to move about using crutches but still relied on his uncle daily.
Prior to the accident, the man had hoped to return to work as a welder, having been off from work due to an existing back condition. However, the accident has exacerbated this back condition and left him with pain and mobility issues, making returning to work impossible. He also has limited movement in his shoulder and thumb, and may have further problems with arthritis in the future.
Katy Bailey of Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office represented the man and helped negotiate £19,000 in compensation. This amount considered the pain he suffered, the impact his injures has had on his ability to work and also the care that his uncle provided whilst he was recovering.
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