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Cyclist receives £575,000 in compensation after head injury ends career
A headteacher who was forced to retire after he was knocked from his bicycle has received £575,000 in an out of court settlement.
The cyclist - who was in his 50s - was knocked unconscious in the incident and was bleeding from his ears, and suffered such serious injuries that he was flown to hospital by air ambulance.
Chris Payne, a specialist serious injuries lawyer with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the injured man had been taking an early morning ride along a road near to his home, when a 4x4 drove into the back of him.
“My client regularly cycled in order to keep fit, and he remembers that on this particular morning he had travelled about a mile from home before turning around and making the return journey,” said Chris. “However the next thing he remembers is waking up in the CT scanner at his local hospital.”
Chris said his client – who had been wearing a cycling helmet and high visibility jacket – was later told by police that he had been hit from behind by the defendant, who was driving in the same direction. “He was hit with such force that he was thrown onto the bonnet of the vehicle and over the roof before landing on the road,” he said. “He was unconscious and bleeding from his ears, and so the air ambulance was called on to transport him to hospital.”
The man received emergency treatment for a catalogue of injuries including fractures to his vertebrae; fractured ribs; damage to his shoulder, leg and jaw; swelling to his inner ear and various cuts, some of which required plastic surgery. “He also sustained a concussive brain injury, with the main symptoms being positional vertigo and a reduction in his cognitive ability,” said Chris, “as well as causing him to develop an anxiety disorder which led to him suffering a mixture of anxiety and depression.”
When police investigated the incident, the driver admitted he had crashed into the cyclist when he checked to see if his phone and wallet were on the passenger seat. He was later charged and convicted of driving without due care and attention.
“Although liability was admitted in full, the defendant’s insurers argued that the financial impact on my client was not as significant as we had claimed,” said Chris. “But before the incident, this man was the headteacher of a school earning a substantial salary. As a result of the injuries he sustained that day he was medically retired, so it was vital we secured damages that compensated him for his considerable lost future earnings and pension.
“We obtained numerous reports from specialists including a neurologist, neuropsychologist, ENT surgeon, orthopaedic surgeon, plastic surgeon and forensic accountants, and following negotiations we successfully settled the claim on behalf of my client for £575,000.”
How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of serious injuries arising from 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.
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