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Award for ‘hit and run’ victim with severe leg injuries

Our team of specialist road traffic accident lawyers based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured compensation for a women who was the victim of a hit and run crime in London.

Whilst walking back to her car in Ealing, London, our client was hit by a car as she attempted to cross the road. The driver of the car did not stop and despite the police investigation, followed up by us, the car and driver were never traced.

Our client sustained a horrendous fracture to her lower leg. She fractured both her tibia and fibula. This was an open fracture which meant that the bone had broken through the skin. Our client had numerous operations and eventually had to have an external fixator attached to her leg. This is a frame around the leg with pins into the bones to hold them in the correct position so that the fractures could heal. The fractures took almost 18 months to heal.

After extensive investigations to try and locate the vehicle and driver that hit our client, we made an application to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau under the Untraced Drivers’ Agreement. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau maintains a fund to be accessed by people who suffer property damage or physical injuries as a result of accidents from uninsured or untraced drivers. In the circumstances, we were able to recover the compensation our client deserved. Her compensation included a substantial amount for loss of earnings as she had been unable to work since the accident. She was a carer and given the severity of the injuries to her leg, she would not be able to return to that occupation.

We secured a settlement of £170,000.

Our team specialise in road traffic injuries cases. If you would like to ask them a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact her on 01892 510000 in confidence.

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