Cyclist required 35 stitches to her face following collision

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Cyclist required 35 stitches to her face following collision

13th August 2012

A cyclist who was knocked unconscious and suffered a catalogue of injuries when she was struck by a car has received £50,000 in an out of court settlement.

Nick Godwin, a serious injuries specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the Oxford woman, who is in her 30s, was cycling along her local high street when an approaching car suddenly turned right across her path and knocked her off her bike.

“When she regained consciousness, my client was lying in the road in considerable pain and with no memory of what had just happened,” said Nick, a partner with the firm. “She was extremely dazed, confused and shaken and bleeding profusely from her mouth and face.”

The claimant was taken by ambulance to hospital where a brain scan and x-rays revealed she had suffered a vertebral fracture, a shattered right collar bone and a broken nose as well as extensive damage to her teeth and deep lacerations to her face which required 35 stitches.

After being discharged from hospital three days later with her right dominant arm in a sling, she spent the following few weeks at home suffering almost constant shoulder pain, and heavily reliant upon her mother and partner for assistance with her mobility and personal care. It was several weeks before she was able to discard her sling, begin physiotherapy and return to her job as a statistician.

“Previously, my client cycled to work each day and often enjoyed cycling holidays abroad,” said Nick. “As well as being a keen cyclist, she was also an active rower. However, since the accident she hasn’t been back on her bike and neither has she been able to go rowing. She is reluctant to return to cycling and is now apprehensive about crossing the road on foot.

“Although she has recovered well from the majority of her injuries, she still cannot lie on her right side and the range of movement around her collar bone remains limited,” added Nick. “In addition, she has had to undergo several thousand pounds worth of dental restorative treatment and has been left with nerve damage and scarring to her face.”

After the defendant was prosecuted and found guilty of driving without due care and attention, liability was admitted and Nick settled the claim on behalf of his client for £50,000 in July 2012, just two months after the claimant first contacted him.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

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

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