Drunk Motorist Severely Injures Woman and Kills Her Partner In Road Traffic Collision

Drunk Motorist Severely Injures Woman and Kills Her Partner In Road Traffic Collision

Irwin Mitchell's specialist serious injury team has successfully helped a woman claim compensation, after suffering multiple injuries and sadly losing her husband, due to a collision with a car driven by a driver under the influence of alcohol.

Background

Mandy and her husband, Greg, were travelling home on New Year’s Day and walking along the pavement, when a motorist, who was under the influence of alcohol, lost control of his vehicle and collided with them. 

Tragically, Greg died at the scene due to the injuries he sustained in the collision. Mandy was thrown into a nearby garden due to the force of the impact and suffered multiple fractures in her left leg and over 50 fractures in her right leg, as well as cuts and bruises on her face.

How Irwin Mitchell Helped

Mandy approached Irwin Mitchell for legal advice and Laura Middleton-Guerard, a serious injury specialist based at our London office, took on her case.

A criminal hearing took place in which the motorist pleaded guilty. He received a custodial sentence for dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

Through the hard work of Laura Middleton-Guerard, an initial sum of £20,000 was awarded to Mandy to cover the costs of ongoing rehabilitation with a private case manager. Further funds will be obtained to ensure that she has access to the psychological support she requires and to enable her to adapt to her parents’ home so that she can access the downstairs toilet.

Sadly, Mandy’s recovery is slow and she still relies on mobility aids and a wheelchair to get around. There is a risk that she will require yet another bone graft on her right leg and her case manager is currently investigating whether this can take place earlier on a private basis at King's College Hospital.

Commenting on Mandy's tragic case, Laura Middleton-Guerard of Irwin Mitchell’s serious injury team said: "This is a tragic case where Mandy’s life was turned upside down as a result of dangerous driving.

"Through interim payments, we are trying to use the claim at this stage to maximise Mandy’s rehabilitation and hope that she will make as full a recovery as possible over the coming months."

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