Our serious injury lawyers secured a seven-figure sum for a young man who was left paralysed after he was involved in a road traffic accident. William, whose name we have changed to protect his identity, suffered catastrophic injuries when he was forced off the road by a vehicle as he was driving his car in Cambridgeshire.
William contacted Irwin Mitchell to pursue a case on his behalf. The driver’s insurance company initially denied liability in full. We located significant documentary, witness and expert evidence to carefully and forensically reconstruct the accident circumstances. His came within weeks before a trial to deal with the issue of liability. At this point, the driver’s insurance company finally admitted responsibility.
We helped William return to many of the hobbies and interests. He became very good at fencing and narrowly missed out on a place in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 Paralympics. William moved into his own bungalow with his partner. He had specialist adaptations made to his house to ensure that it was suitable for his needs and he was able to return to driving.
David Withers, a serious injury solicitor, said: “William suffered catastrophic and life-changing injuries as a result of the road traffic accident. We initially fought very hard to prove that the defendant driver should take the lion’s share of the responsibility.
“We were forensic in our approach. We refused to accept a number of offers made by the driver’s insurance company because we knew William could achieve a better result. We also understood the absolute importance of securing the correct sum of compensation to enable William to be financial protected in the future.”
Louise Jenkins, a Partner at Irwin Mitchell, added: “ Irwin Mitchell has a reputation for fighting tenaciously for all clients and we are not afraid to tackle the most challenging and difficult cases to get the right result for our clients. After a hard fought battle to secure significant compensation for William, it’s really positive to see him taking up new sports and travelling all over the world competing at the highest level.
“We encourage clients to engage in rehabilitation to make sure that they access the best possible treatment to accelerate their recovery and allow them to return to a fulfilling lifestyle. Sports play a huge part in the recovery process both from a physical and mental perspective.”
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