Seven-figure sum recovered in compensation opens door to new career for pillion passenger injured in European road accident
Our client, a City professional in her 50s, sustained life-changing injuries abroad – while riding pillion on a motorcycle in Europe she was injured in a road collision in June 2014.
Our client had a very severe lower limb injury involving extensive de-gloving, bony non-union and multiple operations, as well as a subtle brain injury with psychological distress, anger and frustration. It was vitally important to enable her to be in control of her life, rehabilitation and legal case. We helped our client take personal charge of her rehabilitation and, with the support of an excellent assistant, she was able to continue highly effectively without a case manager to rebuild her life as closely as possible to the way she wanted to live.
As the case proceeded, Paul Fretwell and his team persuaded the previously reluctant defence insurer to make interim payment enabling our client to replace the sports car that was her pride and joy with an upgraded, automatic model, an essential step on her path to regaining mobility and recovering her sense of self-worth.
After expert employment law advice, our client was able successfully to terminate her employment, a move that in turn allowed her to move on in higher education and seek work in a new field.
Paul‘s team achieved settlement at a round table meeting in May 2017 for an exceptionally good seven-figure sum and our client was delighted, safe in the knowledge that her compensation would set her up for her new life.
This case was a lesson in cooperative working with a client’s defence team. The two sides were open and transparent throughout, remaining in close communication at each stage, and we disclosed our evidence early on in the case. In return, my client was paid substantial and timely interim payments at regular intervals to cover loss of earnings and the professional support she required as well making provision for all her reasonable needs and rehabilitation.
Following the successful conclusion of this rewarding case, our client sent the following words appreciation:
“Following a traumatic motorcycle accident, I found myself in unfamiliar territory and in need of a personal injury lawyer. From my first phone call to George Ide, I was in no doubt that this would be best team to handle my case, guiding me not only through the legal process but also the rehabilitation process, I was always in good hands. Paul is a consummate professional, incredibly thoughtful and compassionate, while at the same time ensuring that I had the best advice and in a timely manner – a heart-felt thank you, Paul.”
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