Damages win for head-on collision

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Damages win for head-on collision

1st August 2011

A van driver who was seriously injured in a head-on collision has received £265,000 compensation in an out of court settlement.

The married father-of-three suffered massive chest injuries when a car driving on the wrong side of the road collided with his van. The driver of the car was killed in the incident, and the van driver – who took the full brunt of the steering wheel on his chest – also suffered multiple fractures to his ribs, left forearm and wrist, as well as nerve damage to the area around his shoulder and neck.

Vijay Mehan, a serious injuries expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said: “After being airlifted to hospital, my client was immediately induced into a coma due to the serious nature of his injuries and the likelihood his lungs would collapse if he moved. He underwent extensive surgery to his left hand and wrist involving the insertion of metal plates, screws and wires, as well as a tracheotomy which has caused him to suffer continuing respiratory problems.

“After initially instructing another firm of solicitors, my client grew increasingly despondent with their lack of progress on his case and decided to bring his claim to us,” said Vijay. “Although the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) initially denied liability for my client’s injuries, we were able to provide strong medical evidence supporting his case and negotiate a substantial offer on liability.”

As a result of his injuries, the victim continues to experience acute pain in his shoulder at night and has particular difficulties sleeping on his right side. In addition, the man struggles to move and rotate his left hand, wrist and arm and he continues to experience difficulty breathing.

“My client was very fortunate to have survived this incident,” said Vijay. “He has been left with significant muscle wastage due to the amount of time he has spent bedridden in hospital and he continues to experience pain alongside a host of ongoing residual symptoms. He has not been able to drive or play the kinds of sport he previously enjoyed, and he has suffered considerable emotional distress. My client has so far been unable to return to work since the accident but it is hoped the damages he has now received will help him move on with his life.”

Vijay Mehan negotiated a £265,000 gross settlement on behalf of his client in May 2011.

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.