Irwin Mitchell’s Serious Injury team acted on behalf of a young woman who sustained orthopaedic injuries after a collision on a motorway.
Our client was driving in the outside lane during a period of busy traffic. The car in front of the young woman’s vehicle pulled into the middle lane because a stationary vehicle sat sideways across the outside lane. Our client couldn’t see the obstructing vehicle until the car in front switched lanes but despite braking hard, she was unable to avoid a collision.
The woman sustained several injuries including fractures to one of her ankles which required metalwork to be inserted. Due to her pain and suffering, our client had to take a few months off work in order to recover.
Working with the woman, we recovered a five-figure sum on her behalf despite the fact that the insurer denied responsibility. We pursued the claim on the basis that the driver of the obstructing car had lost control of their vehicle. The settlement also reflected that our client was partially responsible for the accident occurring.
The five-figure sum helped our client with her recovery, lost earnings and funded her physiotherapy and psychotherapy. These treatments were organised to address the travel anxiety she experienced as a result of the accident.
The young woman was represented by serious injury expert Louise Morgan. In relation to the case, she said: “Our client was uncertain whether she would be able to claim but contacted us to discuss the matter.
“We assessed the case and decided to investigate it further and after obtaining and considering the police report, we thought she had good prospects of establishing some responsibility on the part of the driver of the obstructing vehicle.”
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