Coles Miller Helps Cycling Accident Victim To Gain £105,000 Compensation15th Dec 2015
Personal injury lawyers at Coles Miller have helped a cycling accident victim to gain £105,000 in compensation after he was hit by a car.
Coles Miller was able to help the victim to claim damages successfully even though the three-year time limit on the claim had expired.
The 48-year-old victim suffered serious injuries to both legs after being knocked off his bike by a car travelling at speed. The accident occurred in May 2010 at a roundabout near Corfe Mullen.
After 10 days in hospital the victim spent the next four months in a wheelchair. He was unable to work and missed two holidays.
He was initially offered £56,000 in compensation by the driver’s insurer but Coles Miller’s personal injury lawyers helped him secure a settlement of £105,000 plus legal costs.
Even though the defendant insurer admitted liability, legal proceedings were necessary because of the time limit and the dispute over how much compensation should be paid.
In pursuing the claim, Coles Miller obtained forensic accounting evidence and highlighted the severity of victim’s injuries and the impact on his life.
The case was handled by Coles Miller Personal Injury Executive Brian Parsons, a UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer and a serving member of Britain’s Reserve Forces with experience of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr Parsons was able to help his client obtain an interim compensation payment of £48,000 while he pursued the claim for further damages.
He said: “My client suffered very nasty injuries to his legs. He sustained a fracture to his lower left leg but was unable to undergo surgery until the swelling subsided. His right knee was unstable.
“When surgery was able to take place, a plate was inserted in his left leg from the ankle to the knee with four screws to stabilise the fracture.
“After leaving hospital, he was unable to manage stairs and spent the first two months living in his lounge which had to be converted to a bedroom.”
The metalwork was not removed from the victim’s left leg until three years after the accident due to continuing problems and swelling, necessitating further time off work.
Mr Parsons added: “His right knee remained unstable. Following an MRI scan, he was diagnosed with a full thickness tear of the posterior cruciate ligament with joint swelling.
“In July 2013, he underwent surgery on his right knee to reconstruct the ligaments and this required further time off work.”
For more information on how Coles Miller helps victims of road accidents, please contact Personal Injury Executive Brian Parsons, 01202 355695.