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Six figure sum for seriously injured cyclist hit by a lorry

Road collision solicitor Christine Tallon secures substantial settlement for cyclist

12 September 2013

Road collision specialist solicitor at Leigh Day Christine Tallon has secured a six figure sum on behalf of W who sustained multiple serious injuries in a road traffic accident in July 2010. W was left permanently injured and facing extensive surgery, and was unable to carry on with his job.

Christine said, “W sustained multiple severe and life changing injuries but was determined to try to remain positive throughout which was not always easy”

W was a cyclist who was hit from behind by a flatbed lorry and catapulted over the handlebars, which left him with multiple fractures to his pelvis, dislocated and cracked hips, a broken collarbone, two fractures to his lower back, various cuts and a large gash to his head, several severe cuts to his legs and severe bruising to much of his body as well as psychiatric injury.

W remained in hospital and bed-bound for more than two months. His partner had to arrange a move to a new home where the accommodation was on a single level and wheelchair accessible so that he could be discharged into her care, rather than being sent to a rehabilitation centre.

As he was immobile, injuries to both his knees regrettably did not become apparent until he began to mobilise and, he subsequently had to undergo surgery to both knees. It also transpired that he had sustained urological damage for which the only treatment appears to be ‘time’.

Fortunately, Christine was able to secure funding for W’s knee surgery, and for an intensive rehabilitation programme involving hydrotherapy and physiotherapy on five days per week which resulted in significant improvement, although it was clear that he would sadly never make a full recovery to his pre-accident condition.

W will require bilateral hip replacement surgery in due course which will also need to be repeated later in life.

In view of the injuries W suffered, and his on-going, permanent restriction, he was unable to resume his pre-accident employment and therefore embarked upon a course which would enable him to pursue an alternative career and work within his limitations.

Christine said:

“W encountered several setbacks and needed to undergo further surgery after having already spent over two months in hospital. He was incredibly committed to the rehabilitation process which fortunately the insurers were largely willing to fund, and he was determined to make the most of a bad situation.  The availability of funding for such an intensive rehabilitation programme made a big difference to his ability to mobilise without using a wheelchair or crutches and to him being able eventually to resume driving and to regain his independence. Without doubt however he will never be able to resume the lifestyle and plans that he had pre accident”

Christine’s client said:

“Christine was simply amazing throughout and treated me as a person not just a client throughout the entire three years as the case progressed.

“Christine maintained regular contact to with me and my wife. She offered updates and support consistently. As you can imagine it was a tough and emotional journey.

“Christine showed empathy and genuine interest whilst maintaining a professional approach.  When your life is changed forever I can’t explain how important this is.

“I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Christine and all at Leigh Day who were involved in my case, they made a horrific journey more bearable.”

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