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Case settles following spinal cord injury after hit and run in Stoke Newington

Spinal cord injury claims specialist Sally Moore secures compensation for cyclist who suffered catastrophic spinal injury

Photo of wheelchair athlete: istock

16 May 2012

On 5th April 2007, our client, Mark O’Neill aged 37, was cycling along Green Lanes London N16, when he was knocked off his bike by a driver turning right into a side road.  The vehicle and its driver and occupants fled the scene of the accident.  Whilst witnesses were not able to identify the vehicle registration number, thankfully they were able to offer immediate assistance and call the emergency services.

Unfortunately, Mark sustained a high level spinal cord injury which left him tetraplegic , and therefore wheelchair dependant.  At the time of the accident, Mark was a senior employee in large waste recycling company and had two small two children with his long term partner, Paula.

The rehabilitation process was long but, through sheer grit and determination, Mark has achieved a huge amount since his injuries.  Unfortunately, he was dismissed from his job as it would have been impossible for him to undertake the work that he did following his accident.   He has however, completed the London Marathon twice and recently undertaken and passed a personal trainer course, he participates in wheelchair racing and continues to live life to the full.

Efforts were made to locate the driver and vehicle but these were fruitless.  Sally Moore, head of the personal injury department therefore pursued his case under the Untraced Drivers Scheme, run by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.

Liability was admitted and after securing extensive expert evidence Mark’s case was settled in early 2012.  During the course of the case Sally obtained interim payments to fund rehabilitation, therapies, purchase of equipment and most importantly for the purchase and adaptation of a house for Mark and his family in North London.  As in many cases of severe injury, it was not possible for Mark to return to his former home which is completely unsuited to wheelchair use.

Sally commented that this was a challenging case because of the extent of Mark’s injuries, but that it was extremely rewarding to see the compensation used to buy a house and witness its adaption and the family move in and start re-building their lives. 

Mark and Paula commented:

“We are very happy and feel very lucky with the way things have turned out.  We love our house and, all being well, the settlement should ensure that our family enjoy a relatively comfortable life.  We have found Sally and all those connected with Leigh Day to be considerate, approachable, attentive and professional.  We really couldn’t have found a better person to represent us than Sally who was hugely committed to getting the best result for us.”

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