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Irwin Mitchell’s serious injury team have helped a cyclist from Sheffield claim compensation after he was injured in a road traffic collision in November 2009.
Tom was cycling to work via Blast Lane in Sheffield when he hit a tarmac ramp, throwing him over his handlebars. There were no warning signs or illuminator strips to highlight the presence of the ramp.
Tom landed very hard on his left side and hit his face on the road before passing out. When he woke, he experienced severe pain in his left shoulder, his neck was sore, his face was bleeding and he was shaking in shock.
As Tom was unable to continue cycling, he continued walking to work. When he got there, his manager took him to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where they carried out x-rays.
The x-rays revealed shoulder ligament damage, joint disruption of the left clavicle and two bruised and sprained wrists. Tom also experienced severe bruising to his lower left leg, cuts to the left cheek, a black eye and stiff neck. As part of his treatment, the hospital placed his wrist in a support before sending him home.
Tom later attended the Northern General Fracture Clinic where he had fluid aspirated from his left elbow and an anaesthetic instilled, in addition to his shoulder being placed in a sling and elevated. He then underwent a course of eight sessions of physiotherapy treatment to correct his posture, restore mobility and strength. Exercises were also given to him to perform at home.
All of this treatment meant that Tom was off work for five weeks and he was required to have home assistance to open and lift things as well as with washing, food preparation, dressing, cooking, personal hygiene and shopping.
Through the hard work of Kerry Hadley, a road traffic collision expert based in our Sheffield offices, a just and fair amount of compensation was secured for Tom in respect of the pain and suffering caused. In an out of court settlement, he received £15,500.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a cycling accident, our serious injury solicitors could help you claim compensation. Visit our Cycling Accident Claims page for more information.
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