£130,000 compensation recovered in Bridgwater accident claim
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Personal injury specialist, Carly Sylvester, has recently settled a no win, no fee accident claim for £130,000 after her client was injured in a head on road traffic collision in Bridgwater.
On New Year’s Eve, Mrs G was driving her transit van along Taunton Road, Bridgwater. A car on the opposite side of the road attempted to overtake the car in front. However it veered into Mrs G’s lane resulting in a head on collision. Mrs G’s van span and she later had to be removed from the vehicle by the fire brigade.
As a result of the accident, Mrs G suffered an open fracture to her upper tibia and severe injuries to her knee.
She was initially taken to Musgrove Hospital in Taunton, but was later transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for further treatment. Her surgery involved the bone being fixed with metal plates and pins. She also required a skin graft to cover the open wound on her knee.
After a further month in hospital, Mrs G was discharged from hospital in a brace and was unable to weight bear for many months. She required extensive care which was provided by both professionals and family members.
As a result of her injuries, Mrs G’s mobility decreased. She was reliant on the use of her mobility scooter and walking stick. She therefore avoided going out whenever possible.
She also suffered psychologically as a result of her accident. She became extremely self-conscious of the scarring to her leg and fearful of travelling in a car.
Medical evidence was obtained which confirmed that whilst treatment would help Mrs G’s mobility, her symptoms were likely to be permanent.
On receipt of the medical evidence, the insurance company made an offer to settle her claim. While this offer was not accepted it did open the way for negotiations to take place and this ultimately resulted in an out of court settlement being reached for £130,000.