Settlement victory for hit and run victim

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Settlement victory for hit and run victim

6th September 2011

A hit and run victim, who suffered multiple fractures when she was struck while crossing a road, has received £50,000 in damages in an out of court settlement.

Matthew Claxson, a serious injuries expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the Essex woman was walking with her husband when she stopped to cross a road not far from their home.

“Whilst checking in both directions, my client noticed a car in the distance approaching from her right,” said Matthew, a partner with the firm. “After judging that it was safe for her to cross the road, she was just moments from reaching the other side when the car she had seen seconds earlier, struck her from the right hand side.

“The driver of the car had inexplicably crossed lanes into the path of oncoming traffic when he hit my client,” said Matthew. “He then simply sped off. My client remembers flying through the air and thinking she was about to die. She then vaguely recalls a number of people around her and her husband telling her not to move.”

The woman, in her sixties, was taken by ambulance to Whipps Cross Hospital in Waltham Forest, suffering with multiple fractures to her lower body including a fractured coccyx, two pelvic fractures and a fractured sacrum. She remained in hospital for 11 days before she was discharged in a wheelchair.

“Following her return home, my client’s mobility was restricted to such an extent that she was unable to access her first-floor bedroom and she was entirely reliant on her husband for her care,” said Matthew. “She was confined instead to a bed which was set up for her in a ground-floor living-room and she was completely unable to move without assistance.

“It took a full 12 weeks from the time my client was discharged from hospital before she was able to walk to her bathroom, albeit with the aid of a walking-frame,” added Matthew. “Although her mobility slowly returned over the next few months as her fractures began to heal, she still suffered significantly with persistent lower back pain.”

Nine months after sustaining her injuries, the woman underwent surgery to remove her coccyx in an unsuccessful attempt to relieve her back pain. Following her return from hospital, she was once again immobilised and confined to a bed in her living-room. Unfortunately, the resulting wound then became infected and it took another several months of treatment before it finally closed and healed.

“The coccygectomy my client underwent to have her coccyx surgically removed is an extremely painful procedure,” said Matthew. “The operation itself together with the infection and resulting tissue damage has left my client with a tremendous amount of scarring. She has been left with permanent lower back pain, she finds sitting for any length of time extremely uncomfortable and her quality of life and retirement plans have been severely affected.

The hit and run driver was traced and successfully prosecuted. Matthew settled the case on behalf of his client for £50,000 in July 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 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.