Motorcyclist receives £50,000 after head-on collision with car

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Motorcyclist receives £50,000 after head-on collision with car

9th April 2013

A motorcyclist who was left with a deformed right ankle and foot following a head-on road collision with a car has received £50,000 in an out of court settlement.

Vijay Mehan, a serious injuries specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the Middlesex man’s claim had initially been turned down by another firm of solicitors who wrongly believed he had no prospects of winning his case.

“My client, who is in his 20s, was riding his motorcycle in South London when a car without warning reversed out of a side road directly into his path,” said Vijay. “The car appeared so quickly and suddenly that he had absolutely no time to react and unfortunately could do nothing to avoid colliding head-on with the side of the vehicle.”

The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to hospital with multiple fractures to his right ankle and leg as well as significant lacerations to his right arm. Over the next seven days, he underwent a series of operations to stabilise his injured leg and ankle as well as extensive plastic surgery involving skin grafts taken from his thighs and calves.

“My client was discharged on crutches after nearly four weeks spent in hospital,” said Vijay. “Over the next several months, he was cared for at home by his parents who he relied upon for help with getting dressed and all his personal care. During this time, despite undergoing extensive physiotherapy, he suffered almost constant pain and aching in his legs and was unable to walk, sit, or stand comfortably for any length of time.”

Almost a year after his accident, the claimant was still unable to dress himself without pain and he was only able to walk for up to 20 minutes at a time. In addition, he continued to suffer persistent severe aching and stiffness in his right leg and ankle on an almost daily basis and he was unable to run, kneel or squat without pain.

“Along with his numerous fracture injuries, my client also suffered extensive damage to the ligaments and tendons around his right ankle,” said Vijay. “As a result, his ankle now appears deformed and the joint has been left significantly weakened. Although he will need an ankle fusion operation in the future, the instability of his ankle means the likelihood of successful reconstructive surgery remains extremely remote.

“Prior to his accident, my client was a fit and active young man who loved riding his motorcycle and enjoyed playing a number of sports,” added Vijay. “Unfortunately, he now walks with a limp, he has reduced movement around his right hip, ankle and knee and his ability to run efficiently and without pain has been severely affected.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

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

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.