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GBP 1.6m compensation for motorcyclist amputation following road accident

Motorcyclist underwent below knee amputation after being knocked from his motorbike by a car

Photo of motorcyclist: istock

12 January 2013

On 15 December 2009 our client, Mr Robert B, aged 31, was riding his motorcycle home from work in Kew, London, when he was knocked off his bike by a driver turning right into a side road. 

Robert sustained severe leg injuries which led to his having a below knee amputation.  Whilst Mr B initially made a good recovery from the surgery, he went on to develop stump hypersensitivity, which meant that there were significant periods of time when he was unable to tolerate wearing a prosthetic limb and was in considerable pain.  As a consequence of his injuries, pain and loss of mobility, he developed psychological injury and  approximately two years post-accident as a result of the road accident lost his job.

As is frequently the case in accidents involving motorcyclists, the car driver’s insurers argued that Robert was partly to blame for the accident. They alleged that his road position was inappropriate and he had been speeding.

It was necessary to secure extensive expert evidence to support Robert’s case, including accident reconstruction evidence on the liability issues.  During the course of the case, Sally Moore, head of the personal injury department, obtained a total of £100,000 in interim payments to cover Robert’s rehabilitation expenses, including covering the costs of private prosthetics and medical treatment. 

Sally Moore said:

“The allegations that Mr B was partly to blame for the accident were firmly denied and once the expert valuation evidence had been obtained a settlement of £1.6m was secured.  This settlement will enable Mr B to move to appropriate accommodation, to pay privately for prosthetics, vocational assistance with finding a new career and for the future care which he is likely to need in later life.”

Robert said:

"I'm enormously grateful for Leigh Day taking on my case. Quite apart from the very successful conclusion and settlement, meaning the stress and additional time of a civil court case was avoided, I received excellent advice from Sally Moore and Lorna Bidston, both legal and on dealing with the consequences of my injuries. They arranged for appointments with medical experts who have been of great help. A huge thank you to the staff at Leigh Day who I dealt with, all both compassionate and professional at every stage of the case."

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