Damages for passenger seriously injured in motorway collision

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Damages for passenger seriously injured in motorway collision

21st May 2012

A young woman who suffered multiple injuries when the driver of the car she was a passenger in lost control and veered off a motorway has received £160,000 in damages.

Vijay Mehan, a serious injuries expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said his client had been asleep in the back seat of the car being driven by a family member when the incident occurred nearly five years ago.

“She had removed her seatbelt and was lying across the length of the back seat,” said Vijay, a partner with the firm. “As such she cannot remember anything about the seconds prior to the collision, but she recalls waking up to violent jolting as the car left the road and ploughed through a fence before it eventually came to rest in a neighbouring field.”

The woman, who is in her twenties, was taken by ambulance to hospital having sustained a catalogue of injuries including fractures to her spine and pelvis as well as four broken ribs, a broken left shoulder and a broken leg. In addition, she suffered concussion, a ruptured spleen and numerous soft tissue injuries to her neck and lower back.

After three weeks, during which time she underwent a splenectomy as well as surgery to have metal work inserted into her broken back, the woman was transferred to a specialist spinal injuries unit where she was assessed for another ten days before being allowed home.

“For the first month following my client’s return home she needed almost round-the-clock support and assistance with her personal care and mobility – all of which was provided by her family,” said Vijay. “As she wasn’t able to go upstairs, a bed was placed in the living room and she had to be taken to her grandparent’s house nearby every time she needed to use their downstairs bathroom.”

Three months after her accident, during which time the claimant received extensive physiotherapy, she was still suffering considerable pain in her back, neck and ankle as well as significant irritation from her scarring. In addition, she suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms such as nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks and a lack of confidence.

After six months the woman returned to her clerical job on a part-time basis, but after quickly realising she was unable to cope with the workload and pressure she had been accustomed to prior to her accident, she decided to leave.

“The injuries my client suffered meant she struggled with the hours and commitment required by her job and she found she was making too many silly mistakes,” said Vijay. “Her memory and concentration were poor, she was very easily distracted and she found her work would drain her strength and energy to the point where after coming home each day she would simply want to climb into bed.”

Vijay added: “Although my client has now married and started a family, she has been left with weakness in her right knee as well as permanent and raised scarring to her chest, abdomen and back.”

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 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire