Compensation victory for man knocked down by coach

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Compensation victory for man knocked down by coach

14th July 2011

A father-of-one who was seriously injured when he was dragged under the wheels of a coach in South London has received £105,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement.

The Lambeth man was wheeling his bicycle across a side street when he was hit by a coach turning left that knocked him to the ground and ran over his legs and feet. The man was airlifted to hospital with a catalogue of injuries to his lower body, including a dislocated left foot, a fractured left ankle, ligament and bone damage around his left knee, a fractured right femur and an injured right ankle.

The victim in his thirties underwent a series of operations which involved metal work being inserted into his damaged legs. He was allowed home on crutches after two weeks but was unable to walk without them until six months after the incident. In the months following his surgery he required almost total care, relying on members of his family to help with his washing and dressing as well as looking after his young daughter.

“My client can remember very little about what happened to him that day,” said Joanna Bailey, a serious injuries expert with Fentons Solicitors LLP. “As a result of his injuries, he was unable to continue with his job, and it was a full six months before he was able to return to work.

“Despite continuing to suffer pain in his right knee and both feet, my client has returned to full-time employment so that he can provide for his young daughter,” said Joanna, a partner with the firm. “He now has trouble bearing weight on his left ankle and foot and he suffers a lot of pain around his right hip.

“He is unable to kneel on his right knee – which as the father of a young child is something that causes regular problems and upset,” said Joanna. “He is also unable to lie comfortably on his right side and he experiences pain after walking or if he attempts to run.

“Before his injury, my client enjoyed playing regular Sunday league football, he has been told this is something he can no longer do,” said Joanna. “In addition, he is now unable to use a bicycle - which was his main method of commuting to work - he has extensive scarring over his calves and around his knees and he will require further surgery in the future to remove metal work from his legs.

“Three years after his accident, my client has finally won his fight for justice and it is hoped the settlement he has now received will help him move on with his life.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims relating to serious road accidents.

If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.