Motorist receives a five figure settlement for injuries received in a rear end collision in Horsham
A driver for a car dealership receives a five figure payout for injuries received in a road traffic accident whilst at work.
Accident Circumstances: In the course of his duty at his place of work our client was asked to pick up two vehicles from the Horsham Dealership. As our client and his colleague were driving the vehicles back , our client drove into a petrol station for some fuel. As our client entered the petrol station he stopped as a pedestrian walked out in front of him. As he waited for the pedestrian to pass his colleague drove the other vehicle into the rear of our client’s stationary vehicle. As a result of the collision our client suffered personal injury.
Our Client’s Injuries: Arthroscopic subacromial decompression of the left shoulder requiring surgery.
What did Hayward Baker Solicitors do to help: One of our personal injury specialists Alison Spriggs who is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives took on the case on a no-win-no-fee basis and sent a letter of claim to the defendant, who initially denied liability for the accident but this was turned round by Alison, however there was still an issue with causation (although the defendant agrees the accident happened they did not believe the injury was as a result of the accident). This led to a contributory negligence argument where the defendant believes that our client was partly to blame for the accident. Eventually the defendant insurers admitted full liability for the accident.
We arranged for our client to undergo physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help resolve the injury. A large schedule of out of pocket expenses (Special Damages) was calculated to include loss of earning, travelling expenses to and from medical appointments, medical expenses, loss of opportunity on the labour market and a large amount of care and assistance for help around the home.
Resolution: The case settled for £35,000.00 to include the large amount of special damages.