Compensation win for young woman saved by her seatbelt

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Compensation win for young woman saved by her seatbelt

22nd July 2010

The importance of wearing a seatbelt has been highlighted again after a young woman involved in a road traffic collision escaped with serious injuries to her leg.

Katie Pendower, a partner with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the woman sustained three fractures to her right femur, a fractured hip and a broken pelvis. "My client was very fortunate not to have sustained more serious injuries," said Katie. "If it hadn't been for the seatbelt she was wearing, she could have suffered severe if not fatal head injuries."

The 29-year-old mother-of-one was a passenger in a vehicle driving along a dual carriageway when a car - illegally parked on the central reservation - suddenly pulled into their path. The driver of the vehicle in which the woman was a passenger was given no other option but to swerve off the road whereupon he unfortunately hit a lamp-post, resulting in the woman's injuries.

The victim was taken by ambulance to hospital where she underwent surgery to have a retrograde femoral nail inserted into her right femur via her knee. She remained in hospital for a further six weeks before being discharged as an out-patient to attend several sessions of physiotherapy as well as other specialist treatment designed to aid her recovery.

The £95,000 settlement takes into account the loss of previous and prospective earnings. Doctors told the victim she may never return to employment requiring long periods of standing and she may require a total knee replacement every thirteen years. The settlement also took into account the substantial costs incurred by the woman's family in regard to hospital visits and childcare for her son.

"I was pleased with the outcome of the case," said Katie, a serious injuries specialist. "Together with the settlement we were also able to successfully set up a personal injury trust to safeguard my client's benefits. Despite my client continuing to suffer from pain in her lower back and knee as well as flashbacks and nightmares she has mentioned how delighted she is with the outcome and how much it will help her to move on with her life."

The driver was later charged and convicted by police of driving without due care and attention.

In June 2010 following lengthy negotiations, Katie settled the claim on behalf of her client for the net sum of £95,000.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of road traffic collisions.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.