Our client needed amputation surgery for injuries she suffered in a road accident. Our international serious injury team secured a seven-figure compensation settlement for her following a road traffic accident in Spain.
Our client, Carol*, was walking in a residential area of Menorca when she was knocked down by a vehicle. The vehicle struck other pedestrians and, tragically, one of them lost their life. The driver was arrested by the police at the scene.
Carol suffered injuries so severe that she's since had amputations and revision surgeries. As a result, she’s needed specialist aids, equipment, and prosthetics. As her injuries worsened, it became clear her home wasn’t suitable for her needs.
A Spanish law firm originally represented Carol. They mistakenly told her she couldn’t bring her claim in England and also advised her to accept a low offer of compensation from the driver’s insurer. The offer she was advised to accept was around 10% of the final settlement we secured for her.
How We Helped
Unhappy with this low compensation offer, Carol contacted our international serious injury team. After an initial discussion, she decided to move forward with us.
We took over the case and started to prepare for an expected trial. We managed to get interim payments for Carol. These helped her to pay for equipment, surgery, and carers.
Carol's severe injuries meant she needed ongoing surgeries. Because of the severity of her injuries, we got several medical experts to help us. Various updated assessments were needed, including assessments by pain and prosthetic experts.
Even though her claim could be brought in England, Spanish law applied as to how the claim was valued. This meant we worked closely with a top Spanish lawyer and leading counsel.
A Seven-Figure Settlement
Due to the circumstances surrounding the accident, we didn’t need to prove the driver was responsible. However, further work was needed to properly value the claim given the severity of Carol’s injuries and the fact that the accident happened in Spain.
The case was listed for trial in September 2023. After a joint settlement meeting (JSM) in April 2023, we reached a compromise.
We managed to secure a seven-figure compensation settlement for Carol. She’s now able to buy a home that can suit her future needs better. She’ll also be able to access state of the art prosthetics to help her lead a normal life.
Our asset management team is now helping Carol to plan for her future. This’ll help to make sure her compensation lasts her for the rest of her life.
Jayne Murphy, a solicitor in the international Personal Injury team, commented: “I’m so pleased we were able to get Carol the compensation package she was due. Had she accepted the initial offer, she’d have settled for a fraction of the money we were eventually able to get her. She’s suffered life-changing injuries, and while no sum can compensate her pain and suffering, I hope this money will help her to live a full and happy life.”
Carol was delighted with the settlement we secured for her. She left us a five-star review, stating: “Jayne and Phil were wonderful - friendly, guided me through every stage of my claim, and always available to answer my questions. They made me feel that I mattered, that they really understood how I felt, and they (and the team behind the scenes) ultimately brought my claim to a successful conclusion which will make a huge difference to the rest of my life. Thank you so much!”
If you've been seriously injured in an accident, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact our Serious Injury team for a free initial consultation.
*The client’s name has been changed to preserve anonymity.
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