Mrs C was crossing the road in Huddersfield early one morning when she was injured when she was hit by a car whose driver was not driving with care and attention.
How was Mrs C affected by the injury
Mrs C was a 71 year old pedestrian from Huddersfield who was injured early one morning when, as she crossed the road in Brackenhall, Huddersfield, where she had popped out to the shops to get some cigarettes and a few groceries, she was hit by a car. The driver who hit Ms C was convicted of driving without due care and attention and received 6 Penalty Points and a fine of £220, ordered to pay costs of £85 with a surcharge of £22.
What happened on the day of the accident?
Our client was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary by ambulance with serious physical life changing injuries and she was transferred to the Emergency Depart of Leeds General Infirmary Accident where she underwent surgery to her left arm and both tibias. She remained in hospital for 3 weeks in Leeds before being transferred back to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for a further 3 weeks before coming home.
Her injuries were serious with a left tibial shaft fracture, an open right tibial fracture involving the tibial plateau, a left humeral shaft fracture, a pelvic fracture, fracture ribs and head injury and a collapsed lung.
Mrs C sustained multiple very serious injuries including a right tibial fracture, a left tibial fracture, left humeral shaft fracture, pelvic fracture, rib fractures, zygoma fracture, head injury, collapsed lung, pneumothorax and a pulmonary embolus. Many of her physical injuries have not healed. She is only able to walk extremely short distances with a walking stick. In addition, many of her longstanding and pre-existing psychological and psychiatric symptoms have been significantly increased and exacerbated by the accident, and she also now permanently suffers from disabling and handicapping anxiety manifesting in a fear of crossing roads.
Mrs C was in hospital for approximately 7 weeks after this accident. When she was discharged her pre-existing care regime has had to be substantially increased / enhanced since the accident. Mrs C remains infirm but with her compensation has purchased a wheelchair so she can at least go out more.
How was Mrs C affected by these injuries?
Unfortunately, due to these injuries, Mrs C was housebound so home appointments were made for her at all key stages of her claim including arranging for funding documents to be signed, arranging for her Court Documents to be signed and discussions with her regarding her final compensation settlement.
As Mrs C received help with her care from an outside agency numerous telephone conversation were made with them and Grieves Solicitors obtained an Independent Care Report in relation to her future accident related care needs.
Why did she choose Grieves Solicitors to help her make the claim?
Mrs H said she selected Grieves Solicitors to pursue her claim as are we are experts in personal injury claims for accidents at work across Yorkshire.
How did Grieves Solicitors approach the claim?
The case was particularly difficult as our client’s opponents refused to accept full responsibility for the accident. In order to save our client from having to go to court, Grieves Solicitors were successful in negotiating an excellent settlement for her.
How was the Claim resolved?
As our client’s opponents refused to accept full responsibility for her accident this lengthened the time it took to obtain compensation for our client. This meant that not only did we have to prepare the case to persuade a court that our client’s opponents were at fault but also to provide the evidence to persuade a court to award her compensation for her accident related injuries. However, Grieves Solicitors successfully negotiated a 6 figure settlement for Mrs C for the injuries she sustainedin her road traffic accident which covered both the physical and psychological injuries she sustained.
Challenging aspects of the claim
Liability i.e. whose fault the accident was and Causation i.e. whether her injuries were caused by the road traffic accident were particular issues which were challenged by her opponents.
How did Mrs H benefit from the claim
Mrs C received the compensation she deserved for her accident-related injuries. Mrs H received compensation for both the physical injuries she had received, the mental trauma and any financial losses such as her loss of earnings.
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