Our client received over £5,000 in compensation after suffering from serious neck and shoulder injuries in a road traffic accident.
In December 2012, the client was stationary at a junction and waiting to turn right, when somebody collided into the rear of her vehicle. As a result, she was jolted forwards and backwards and immediately felt pain in her neck and shoulders.
As the pain was ongoing, our client visited her GP within the initial two-week period and was referred for a nine-week course of physiotherapy. Unfortunately, she continued to suffer symptoms after this period, but was given home exercises to help alleviate her symptoms.
She also had to take a week off work due to her ongoing symptoms and in turn only received basic statutory sick pay whilst she was off.
How Irwin Mitchell Helped
Our client approached our expert team and were instructed to act on her behalf in respect of the claim for personal injury and uninsured losses. The claim was presented to the other party and their insurer, who initially denied liability.
In the meantime, an independent medical examination was arranged and a medical report obtained which confirmed the client had sustained a soft tissue injury to her shoulders and neck. The medical examiner advised it would take approximately three months for the injuries to fully resolve.
On presenting the evidence to the insurer, no reply was received and a county court summons had to be issued. However, within just a few weeks, the other party's insurer had conceded liability and made an offer of settlement.
The initial offer wasn't satisfactory to cover our client's loss of earnings and after further negotiations, we achieved a 40 per cent increase from the initial offer to cover damages, as well as the loss of earnings.
Our client received £1,650 for her soft tissue injuries, £3,500 for repair costs and £250 for her loss of earnings.
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