Victory at last for motorcycle collision victim

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Victory at last for motorcycle collision victim

23rd June 2011

A motorcyclist who suffered severe injuries after colliding with a car has received over £150,000 in compensation - more than four years after the incident.

The 30-year-old Hampshire man had initially enlisted the help of another firm of solicitors, but after two years during which they failed to properly investigate his case, he approached Matthew Claxson, a serious injuries. expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP, to take up his fight.

“My client was riding his motorbike, overtaking a slow moving line of traffic,” said Matthew, a partner with the firm. “As he approached a left-hand junction, a car suddenly pulled out across his path and he collided with the vehicle, suffering a catalogue of injuries.

“My client remembers nothing of the collision itself,” said Matthew. “He recalls seeing a line of traffic and checking his speed after noticing a speed camera, and then the next thing he remembers is waking up in hospital.”

The man was taken by ambulance to hospital having suffered severe life-threatening injuries including a collapsed lung and fractures to his skull, spine and pelvis. He also suffered fractures to his cheek, collar-bone, ribs and wrist as well as a broken jaw.

After undergoing surgery to repair his collapsed lung, he remained in hospital for nearly three months before he was discharged to another nearby hospital for intensive physiotherapy.

“My client has had a total hip replacement and continues to suffer ongoing head injury symptoms that he has been told are permanent,” said Matthew. “These include an impaired memory and sense of smell as well as constant headaches and reduced powers of concentration. As a result of his orthopaedic injuries, he is often in pain and he lacks strength in his right wrist as well as limited movement to his right eyelid and shoulder.

“He is now prone to regular chest infections and he feels breathless even after climbing stairs. There are variations in the size of his eyes and he has significant scarring to his face and chest.

In April 2011, Matthew negotiated an out of court settlement of £158,035 on behalf of his client.

"The damages took into account the injuries my client sustained and the loss of earnings he suffered as a result,” said Matthew. “He will need further hip surgery, care and physiotherapy in the future. He has been unable to return to work since the incident and it is uncertain whether he will ever be able to return to his former career as a mechanic.

“Considering the length of time my client’s case was mismanaged by another solicitor who failed to even secure any medical evidence on his behalf, he was delighted to receive this settlement which will enable him to move on with his life.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of serious head injuries and spinal injuries.

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.