Our client was 77 years of age at the time of the accident. She was standing at a bus stop after a church service when a vehicle mounted the kerb and collided with her and another pedestrian. Our client suffered serious injuries including multiple rib fractures, a splenic injury, fractures to her hip and left knee. She also suffered blunt trauma to the head resulting in a reduction in vision and PTSD symptoms.
How we helped our client
We intimated the claim on the vehicle’s insurers and an admission of liability was swiftly received.
Due to our client’s multiple injuries, we instructed reports from several medical experts in order to quantify the claim. Complexity arose in relation to our client’s loss of vision. Our client already had a long history of sight problems having lost vision in her right eye at a young age. We obtained expert evidence from a consultant ophthalmic surgeon which attributed a 25% reduction in left eye vision to the index accident.
We subsequently raised a court action against the vehicle’s insurers and a settlement offer of £45,000 was received. We felt this offer was not enough to compensate our client for the injuries that she suffered. We negotiated and the claim settled at £60,000 - £15,000 more than the original offer.