Carrie’s pedestrian accident claim settled for £96,000
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Pedestrian accident claim case study concerning a minor
Fourteen-year-old, Carrie, was walking her dog. She had just left her house in the Co. Armagh area where she lived. The teenager was walking on a country road that did not have a footpath. The driver of a car coming towards her lost control of their vehicle, striking Carrie and causing her to be thrown into the field she was walking adjacent to. She was left lying in a rough area, injured and on a bed of nettles. Thankfully, it was not so far from her home that her parents failed to hear the aftermath of the accident. Upon realising what had happened, they alerted emergency services.
Miraculously, Carrie’s dog was left unharmed.
Injuries resulting from being knocked down
Carrie had several injuries. She was understandably left confused and disorientated after the collision. She had cuts and bruises across her body and suffered a significant head injury. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance where she was scanned and x-rayed. Although it was a serious head injury, her brain did not suffer any damage and she would be able to make a full recovery. In the meantime, Carrie had to attend physiotherapy for her various soft-tissue injuries.
Pedestrian accident claims in Northern Ireland
Carrie’s parents contacted us and had the benefit of a free initial consultation with Tanya Waterworth. We accepted their instruction to pursue compensation and sent a letter of claim to the driver’s insurer. We issued proceedings and had Carrie examined by several consultants. An ENT, plastic surgeon, psychiatrist, orthopaedic surgeon and neurosurgeon all assessed Carrie and provided us with medical reports that would strengthen the case.
The insurer denied liability at first. However, they would later concede liability for the injuries caused and the matter would settle without the need for a court hearing.
The matter settled for £96,000 and would be awarded to Carrie on her eighteenth birthday. In the meantime, the compensation would be held by the court where it would accrue interest.
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Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all road users. You can reduce your chances of becoming involved in a road traffic accident whilst out walking by adhering to The Highway Code for Northern Ireland’s rules for pedestrians.