Passenger trapped in wreckage following fatal collision receives £100,000

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Passenger trapped in wreckage following fatal collision receives £100,000

30th August 2012

A passenger who was trapped injured inside the wreckage of a car for more than two hours following a collision has received £100,000 in an out of court settlement.

Arthur Keitch, a road traffic accident specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the woman’s partner was tragically killed in the horrific incident.

“My client’s partner, who was driving at the time of the incident, lost control of the car as he crossed a roundabout,” said Arthur, an associate with the firm. “After leaving the road at speed, their car somersaulted through the air before colliding with trees.

“My client was left hanging upside-down by her seatbelt, unable to move having suffered a broken pelvis as well as bruising injuries to almost every part of her body,” said Arthur. “She then had to wait trapped and in shock for two-and-a-half hours before the emergency services were finally able to cut her free from the mangled wreckage.”

After a number of x-rays, the claimant was released from hospital the following day on crutches. Unable to cope physically or mentally with being alone in the flat she had shared with her partner; she moved in with her mother, whom she relied upon over the next two months for help with her mobility around the house and assistance with almost every aspect of her day-to-day life.

“My client suffered multiple deep bruising injuries throughout her body as well as soft-tissue injuries to her neck and back and substantial cuts to her face, head, hands and feet,” said Arthur. “In addition, she tore muscles in both her legs and suffered considerable swelling around her knees, ankles and feet - one of which turned completely black. In short, her entire body was subjected to a massive degree of trauma which has left her with a host of ongoing aches and pains.”

The claimant was off work for three months before she was made redundant following a brief return to her job. Throughout her recovery period, she suffered significant muscle wastage across her entire body and lost over a stone in weight. Both her spine and pelvis were thrown out of alignment in the accident and despite having received extensive physiotherapy, the pattern of her gait has altered and she continues to suffer with cramp, muscle spasms and shooting pains throughout her lower body.

“My client has been left with scarring to her feet and a permanent visible dent in her left thigh as well as significant residual symptoms that will remain with her for the next few years,” said Arthur. “Her muscles remain weak and she now suffers with fatigue and ongoing pain and discomfort throughout her body, particularly following exertion. Sadly, this means she can no longer take part in any of the sporting activities she used to love such as running, tennis, roller-skating and attending the gym.

“Having lost her partner, home and job, her entire life has been completely transformed,” added Arthur. “In addition to the severe post-traumatic stress she suffered, my client has been left exhausted from the enormous physical, emotional and financial impact of the accident itself and as she now strives to rebuild her life, we wish her all the very best for the future.”

After liability was admitted, Arthur settled the claim on behalf of his client for £100,000 in July 2012.

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