Adam was involved in an accident when he was driving his car along the Glen Road, in the direction of Comber. As Adam was driving along, another vehicle emerged from the Ballystockart Road junction, colliding with the passenger side of his vehicle.
The accident was reported to police and the third party driver admitted their fault at the scene. He attended the Ulster Hospital in relation to injuries sustained in the accident.
Adam reached out to our road traffic accident solicitors
Adam contacted PJ O’Hare, on a recommendation from a friend. Our solicitor Chris quickly established that we could assist in bringing a claim for compensation arising out of the incident.
A letter of claim was directed to the third party’s insurance company setting out Adam’s allegations. Liability was accepted by the third party insurer.
At that stage, a pre-medical offer of £5,000 was made to our client. We provided Adam with advice on this, and this offer was rejected.
Adam was examined by medical specialists
We arranged for Adam to be examined by a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Consultant Psychiatrist initially. The Consultant Psychiatrist diagnosed an adjustment disorder. He considered that Adam would require either an increase in their pre-existing medication and/or formal treatment. The Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon’s report described soft tissue injuries to Adam’s anterior chest, neck and left shoulder together with a suspected rib fracture which was undisplaced. The Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon considered that these symptoms should resolve within 12 months. However, we required a further report from a Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine. He examined Adam in August 2022 and considered that in light of the persisting symptoms at that time, that a prognosis of 12-18 months was more realistic.
It became clear that Adam was suffering from a dermatological condition, which may have been caused by the accident. We immediately arranged an appointment for Adam with a Consultant Dermatologist who considered that both the development of shingles within days of the accident, and the debilitating neuralgia which was still continuing at that time, were directly linked to the physical injuries. He considered that they may require pain management in the long term. It is noted that these pains impacted on Adam’s sleep, mood and working activities.
Adam’s earnings were affected for approximately 2 months. Our solicitors corresponded with Adam’s employer and obtained details of his loss of earnings, which we included in Adam’s claim.
We settled his injury claim
We served Adam’s medical evidence along with wage loss documentation and entered into discussions. An initial offer of £50,000 was made, which was swiftly rejected. In the end we secured an award of £62,500, without the need for court proceedings.
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