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Our specialist solicitors helped a woman to claim compensation after she was hit by a speeding car and left seriously injured.
Miss Wilkinson was walking along the pavement on her way home from work when a speeding car left the road, mounted the pavement and hit her. Miss Wilkinson sustained multiple severe injuries including a serious brain injury, shattered pelvis, two broken thigh bones, breakages to her shin and shin bone and multiple fractures to her upper arm, collarbone and spine.
Her injuries were so severe that she was air lifted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where she underwent emergency surgery. Miss Wilkinson then spent a prolonged period in intensive care and several months in hospital.
Once discharged from hospital, Miss Wilkinson needed full support from her family and partner in all daily activities, including showering and dressing. Recovery from such a serious accident was slow and steady for Miss Wilkinson and after having experienced such a traumatic accident a high level of psychological support was required.
As a result of her injuries, Miss Wilkinson was unable to effectively communicate with her solicitors or manage her own finances. Our Court of Protection department was instructed to help Miss Wilkinson overcome these difficulties and made an application to the Court to appoint a financial deputy. The costs of the professional deputy were recovered within the financial compensation package Miss Wilkinson received.
Through the hard work and dedication of Irwin Mitchell’s solicitors, a substantial amount of provisional payments were secured, while the case was still at court. Over £100,000 was awarded to Miss Wilkinson, to help fund specialist brain injury treatment, gain assistance from professional support workers and neurophysiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Irwin Mitchell also helped Miss Wilkinson to source new accommodation and buy new specialist mobility equipment to help with tackling everyday tasks.
Miss Wilkinson’s personal circumstances were very complex. As Miss Wilkinson is not a UK national, expert advice was sought from both the Irwin Mitchell Public Law department and from specialist immigration solicitors to make the relevant application to regularise her status.
We reached a settlement of £1.3 million in August 2013 that allowed Miss Wilkinson to pay for lifetime care and support needs, plus her lifetime loss of earnings, accommodation and therapy needs.
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