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Irwin Mitchell were instructed by the widow of a 69-year-old man who died when the car in which he was travelling was crushed by a lorry, which overturned as it approached a major junction. The lorry had been travelling too fast and was unable to stop safely, going out of control and overturning, landing on the deceased's vehicle.
A claim was pursued by his widow and dependants.
Stephen Nye, Partner in our Birmingham office handled the claim and commented, "This was a tragic case, which has devastated the deceased's family. He was a popular and well regarded figure, and despite his age he was still working full time.
The case in relation to the losses involved a complex analysis of his businesses and required expert input from forensic accountants. There was a considerable range of dispute between the parties as to how the businesses would have performed in any event.
We considered it appropriate to mediate the claim, rather than subject the family to a potentially upsetting trial.
That approach proved successful and resulted in a settlement of £475,000 being achieved.
This money will provide the widow with the financial security that was lost when her husband was taken from her”.
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