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Man Traumatised By Witnessing His Wife Seriously Injured Receives Compensation

A man has received £75,000 in an out of court settlement after he saw his wife seriously injured by a falling piece of advertising billboard.

Our client and his then partner were walking along the pavement in London when the incident happened in March 2008. As they passed a construction site, part of a large advertising billboard became detached and struck our client’s partner, fracturing her skull.

She was trapped under the debris and was bleeding heavily. Our client attempted to free her from the debris but struggled. Paramedics arrived at the scene and resuscitated her in front of our client. He was not permitted to travel with her in the ambulance that took her to Kings Cross Hospital A&E.

As a result of witnessing this horrific incident, our client developed post traumatic stress disorder, flashbacks and nightmares. His place of work was close to where the incident happened and eventually the decision was made that it would best if he relocated the family outside London.

Liability was admitted and this enabled him to receive interim payments while the case was settled. These funds allowed him to undergo private clinical psychology sessions and massage therapy sessions to assist him in dealing with his post traumatic stress. Our client found these sessions hugely beneficial in recovering from his psychological injuries and adjusting to providing ongoing care to his now wife. 

Irwin Mitchell was able secure £75,000 for our client in an out of Court settlement.  His loss of earnings resulting from leaving his job and relocating and his needs for ongoing support were considered in the compensation sum he was awarded.

If you've been injured in an accident in a public place (such as a street or park), our personal injury lawyers could help you claim compensation. See our Accidents In Public Places Claims page for more information.

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