Boyes Turner’s personal injury claims lawyers obtained compensation for a client who was involved in two road traffic accidents (RTAs).
In the first accident, our client’s car was stationary waiting to join the traffic when the vehicle behind her drove into the back of her car. Two years later, our client’s car was again hit from behind whilst she was stationary as she gave way to a vehicle pulling out of a drive.
The insurers for the other drivers in both accidents accepted that their drivers were at fault, but responsibility for our client’s injuries had to be divided between them so that our client could be properly compensated.
Our client suffered an injury to her cervical and lumbar spine in both accidents. Our medical expert believed she would have recovered from the injury to her lumbar spine within a few years of the first accident if her spine had not been injured again in the second accident. Her permanent lower back pain was, therefore, entirely caused by the second accident. However, her permanent cervical spine symptoms were caused by the first accident and were then aggravated by the second accident. We agreed with the insurers that the liability (responsibility) for our client’s cervical spine symptoms should be apportioned 30% to the first accident and 70% to the second.
Our client’s claim included the costs of care and assistance with heavier household tasks and gardening. The claim also included the costs of future rehabilitation and acupuncture treatment which she would need throughout her working life. As the limitation time limit for the first accident approached, we issued court proceedings to protect our client’s claim. The claims against both defendants were eventually settled with an out-of-court compensation payment.
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