£400,000 justice for an injured London motorcyclist
In September 2010, our claimant was riding his motorbike along the road when a car turned right across his path. Our claimant went over the bonnet and was knocked unconscious on impact with the road.
He was in a coma for almost three weeks; when he finally awoke, his last memory was of his son’s birth, who had arrived a month before the incident.
In addition to this severe memory loss, he lost language capability – he had previously been fluent in both English and Polish (his native language), and had forgotten both languages almost entirely.
He had ultimately suffered a brain / head injury which affected his memory, speech and language, along with a very nasty fracture in his hand.
He spent three months in hospital rehabilitating; his family came over from Poland to help both him and his wife literally back on their feet.
His wife spent every day in hospital helping him remember how to do basic tasks, e.g. tying shoelaces, shaving – everyday things he had simply forgotten how to do and we all take for granted. He had intensive speech and language therapy sessions as well.
Before the accident, the client had just been accepted on a university foundation degree course in electrical engineering, and had passed a number of exams for his job with the London Underground, and because of these, he had been put forward for a promotion to management.
He returned to work around six months after the accident (a miracle in itself). He is one of the most driven clients we have worked with – he did not want to sponge off benefits, and was/is determined to push on with his career and look after his family.
Sadly, his injuries have meant he now is unable to pass further exams – his numeracy levels will never recover, nor his ability to concentrate on words or sentences for long periods – so his job prospects were badly affected. He is also now an epilepsy risk, so is not allowed to work on live tracks in his job.
Because of the likely value of the claim, his case was to be heard in the High Court. After four years of acquiring medical evidence, details of lost earnings, occupational health records etc, we entered settlement negotiations with the insurer of the car which crossed the client’s path.
At a Joint Settlement Meeting in London, we sucessfully negotiated damages for the client in the sum of £400,000.00.
This accounted for his injuries, his lost earnings and the future loss of income / opportunity owing to reduced prospects of him being able to progress upwards in his career.
The client was delighted with the outcome, and plans to use the money to buy a home for his children when they are older. He fully intends to keep working and providing for his family in the meantime.
He is an absolutely lovely guy with a fantastic outlook on life – we’re sure he will go from strength to strength from here.