Our Serious Injury team have secured six-figure compensation that will fund specialist care for a cyclist who was hit by a car.
Agata Polakowska, 35, was cycling back from work in Northolt, North-West London, when the collision happened. The accident was so bad that she had to be airlifted to hospital, where she was treated for a severe brain injury. She also suffered multiple broken bones and a serious knee injury.
After the incident, Agata contacted Irwin Mitchell to see if we could help. Specialist Serious Injury lawyers took on her case and investigated the crash, securing a settlement from the driver’s insurer.
This settlement provided Agata with the much-needed funds to support her extensive recovery. Her injuries still affected her day-to-day life several years after the accident. She was told it’s likely she will need a knee replacement, and she continued to have regular rehabilitation and physiotherapy support.
Looking back at the crash, Agata said: “The whole incident remains a bit of a blur but in many ways I feel lucky to be alive. I am hugely grateful to London Air Ambulance and the staff at St Mary’s Hospital for all of their help.
“There have been many ups and downs since the crash and I get frustrated that I can’t always do things like going for a run or dancing with friends – things that I used to take for granted.
“However, I want to try and look to the future and concentrate on my recovery.
“I just hope that by speaking out, motorists recognise the dangers they pose and the hurt they can cause by not paying attention.”
After the accident, Agata needed many different types of care, including neuropsychology, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. She was also given a support worker to help her, and had more therapy on her injured knee.
Peter Lorence, the serious injury solicitor who worked with Agata, said “Agata has faced an incredibly difficult few years, and still faces challenges ahead.
“We are pleased that we have been able to secure the vital funds that Agata needs to help her access the support and therapies she requires.
However, this case is a clear example of the devastating impact that road collisions can have on cyclists. We join Agata in urging drivers to pay attention on the roads at all times.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, our serious injury lawyers may be able to help. Visit our cycling accident compensation page for more information.
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