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Compensation for Man After Injury Caused by Faulty Bicycle

A Sheffield man has received over £10,500 compensation after he was injured in an accident involving a faulty bicycle.

Mark had purchased a bicycle from a shop and had used the bicycle on short distances, only, to May 2004 when he was involved in the accident.

Mark, an experienced cyclist, was riding downhill along a road in Sheffield at approximately 30mph. He heard a knocking noise from the front end of the bicycle and also felt a vibration. The wheel suddenly bucked and Mark was thrown over the top of the handle bars.

As a result of the accident, he suffered a fractured right shoulder/collar bone.

A claim was started against the shop and the manufacturer of the bicycle by Katrina Elsey of Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Defective Products Team.

Both defendants denied liability and Court Proceedings were issued. The main argument between the parties was whether something had occurred to the spoke tensioning of the bicycle whilst it was being assembled or serviced by the shop after the client had purchased the bike and that the spokes were too loose or too tight and had caused the wheel to buckle. This theory was supported by the expert evidence.

The Claim proceeded to trial against the shop who sold Mark the bicycle and the claim was won at trial.

Our experienced personal injury claims team will provide you with free initial advice on your compensation claim if you have suffered as the result of a defective or faulty product. View our Defective Product Compensation page for more information.

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