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Written on 17th March 2022 by Claire Roantree

Boyes Turner’s road traffic accident (RTA) claims team have secured a £1.15 million settlement for a pedestrian who was injured when hit by an Uber vehicle. The driver admitted liability for our client’s injuries.

Our client suffered comminuted fractures (in which the bones are crushed or splintered into pieces) of the left tibia and fibula (long bones of the leg). Surgical procedures were needed to fix the fractured bones internally, and later to remove the metalwork. Our client regained most of the movement and function in the knee and ankle, but was left with knee pain, sensitivity and scarring, and a psychological injury.

We pursued our client’s claim for compensation, which included a substantial claim for our client’s loss of earnings, bonuses and benefits as a commodities trader. Following the accident our client was unable to work during a prolonged period of recovery. Our client was unable to travel internationally, had to hand over clients to other colleagues and missed out on vital training necessary to adapt to the changing market and trading practices. Our client was asked to take voluntary redundancy and initially struggled to find similarly paid, suitable employment.  

We held a joint settlement meeting with the driver’s insurers and legal representatives, but negotiations failed when the driver’s insurers significantly undervalued our client’s claim. We pursued the claim and prepared the case for trial. During preparations for trial, the defendant substantially increased their offer to settle the claim at £1,150,000, which our client accepted.

Our client said, "I had never been on the receiving end of a life-changing injury before and didn't know what to expect from pursuing a personal injury claim. From the first meeting with Claire I felt I was in safe hands and the process was being managed well. She explained the legal requirements in detail to make sure I understood what was happening and what would be expected of me to prove my claim and get the best outcome. She was highly organised and efficient with the mountain of paperwork that was required and she also learnt quickly about the technical details and context of my career, which greatly influenced the lost earnings element of my eventual settlement. Overall, Boyes Turner did a fantastic job for me and although I would not wish an injury like mine on anyone I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to someone in a similar position."

If you have been severely injured as a result of a road traffic accident caused by a driver’s negligence and would like to find out more about making a claim, you can speak to one of our accident claims specialist solicitors, free and confidentially, by contacting us here.