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London Cyclist Who Suffered Severe Brain Injury In Crash Receives Six-Figure Settlement

Woman Determined To Look To Future Issues Road Safety Plea


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A cyclist who suffered a series of devastating injuries when she was hit by a car in London has urged drivers to always put safety first after lawyers helped her secure a six-figure settlement regarding the ‘nightmare’.

Agata Polakowska, 35, was cycling home from work in Northolt when she was struck from behind by a car. She was airlifted to St Mary’s Hospital following the incident and treated for a severe brain injury, as well as broken bones and a serious knee injury.

Several years on from the crash her injuries continue to affect her day-to-day life. She continues to require rehabilitation and physiotherapy support and has also been told she is likely to need a knee replacement in the next few years.

Shortly after the incident in July 2014, Agata, of Southall, instructed specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the crash and help her access vital funds to support her recovery.

Now, after her legal team at Irwin Mitchell helped her secure a settlement from the insurer of the driver involved, Agata is urging motorists to be aware and show consideration towards cyclists at all times.

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“Agata has faced an incredibly difficult few years as she tried to come to terms with the devastating injuries she suffered through no fault of her own.

“While she has shown great determination to overcome her injuries the best she can, Agata still faces challenges ahead.

“We are pleased that we have been able to secure the vital funds that Agata needs to help access the continued 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.”
Peter Lorence, Solicitor

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At present, Agata is undergoing further therapy for the injury to her knee and has been receiving specialist neuropsychology, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy support. She has also had the assistance of a support worker. In preparing to return to work, she has secured voluntary places with charities in the Hillingdon area.

Looking back at the crash, she said: “The whole incident remains a bit of a blur but in many ways I felt 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 following the crash.

“There have been many ups and downs since the crash and I get frustrated that I can’t always do things that like going for a run or dancing with friends that I used to take for granted.

“However, I want to try and look to the future and put the last few years behind me and concentrate on my recovery. 

“I just hope that by speaking motorists recognise the dangers those pose and the hurt they can cause by not paying attention.”