James Cahan, specialist personal injury lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured over £130,000 for a motorcyclist who suffered multiple injuries (including brain damage) after a car turned across his path.
This compensation claim involved a road traffic accident involving a 57 year old motorcyclist who was riding a Triumph motorbike in Margate town centre, Kent, when a car turned right directly across his path, causing them to collide. The claimant was thrown over the car bonnet and landed on the ground, some 10-15 feet away.
The claimant had been wearing a helmet at the time of the collision and was knocked unconscious. He sustained a closed concessional head injury and multiple hip fractures.
The claimant was taken to hospital where it was confirmed he had suffered a mild traumatic acquired brain injury (ABI), multiple (“open book” type) fractures to his pelvis which required open fixation and fixing with metal plates, as well as an injury to his left knee, and post traumatic arthritis (which would lead him to require a total knee replacement within 10-15 years).
The claimant was unable to bear weight on his leg for 4 months and required a long period of physiotherapy thereafter. He was left with constant discomfort in his groin and lower abdomen. He required biomechanical foot and knee orthoses to assist with walking.
The head injury left the claimant with amnesia (no memory of the accident), on-going forgetfulness, reduced concentration, poor sleep, nightmares, anxiety, intrusive memories and irritability. He also had an increased risk of developing epilepsy in the future.
The defendant was convicted of driving without due care and attention. The defendant also made a full admission of liability in relation to the personal injury claim.
James Cahan, acting for the client, was able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of £130,000 for the claimant, to compensate him for his pain and suffering, and to pay for any future treatment and care needs he may have.
James Cahan has significant experience in motorcycle accident claims as well as claims involving acquired brain injuries. If you would like to ask James a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, please contact him on 01892 701289 in confidence.
Our client commented:
"As a 60 year old man having had a bike license since the age of 16 it was quite an adjustment when my years of no accidents came to a grinding halt in 2010. Unfortunately on that night a car driver decided not to see me and following a court procedure the driver ended up with points and a fine and I was left facing months of recovery.
After 4 months in a wheelchair I progressed to crutches for a further 2 months and with the aid of physio I am now quite mobile but will never be 100%.
I decided to sue the driver and used the excellent services of Thomson Snell & Passmore. I was surprised at the amount of medical experts I had to see during the course of building my claim. The team helped to build my confidence by keeping me up to date on any progress while reminding me of appointments with regular calls and e-mails.
I can highly recommend their services to anybody who is unfortunately in my situation. My case finally came to very successful conclusion in March 2014. Thanks James Cahan and his team of experts".