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Seriously injured pedestrian receives compensation

Client collecting grandson from school was hit by car which mounted pavement

Photo of air ambulance: istock

18 July 2011

Specialist personal injury solicitor Christine Tallon has obtained compensation for a gentleman who sustained serious multiple injuries in a road traffic accident in June 2009. The client had collected his grandson from school and was walking home with him along the pavement when the driver of a vehicle lost control and veered onto the pavement colliding with our client and catapulting him into the air.

He sustained a head injury, multiple facial fractures, a lung contusion, damaged and torn ligaments to his right knee and extensive and severe bruising.

Liability was disputed throughout by the defendant’s insurers who argued that the driver had suffered a blackout and was therefore not negligent.

Following extensive rehabilitation implemented as part of the claim for compensation, the client made a remarkable recovery from his injuries and has resumed almost all his pre-accident activities, though he continues to experience some problems with memory and word finding, and with kneeling.

Christine said:
“The onus is on the claimant to prove their case on the balance of probability and the issue of liability was not straightforward in this case. I suspect the defendant’s insurers also considered that there was a serious risk that they would not succeed in their automatism defence hence the voluntary settlement at an appropriate figure for the case. I am really pleased that my client has made such a remarkable recovery from what were really very serious injuries and it is a joy to hear that he is now able to enjoy pretty much all of his pre-accident activities again.”

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