Elizabeth's cycling accident settles for £18,000 (Belfast)
Elizabeth was cycling down the road in South Belfast when her wheel went into a large pothole, causing her to be thrown from her bike. She fell and suffered injuries including bruising to her face and knee as well as a comminuted fracture of her finger. It was slightly displaced but was treated conservatively.
She intended to make a complaint about the state of the road but had difficulty in establishing who owned it as it appeared to be a private road. Eventually, a member of the Green Party who she contacted for assistance, established it is owned by a local school. They were contacted about it and they filled in an accident report form and filled in the pothole.
Elizabeth contacted Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors
Elizabeth searched online for trusted local injury solicitors and contacted us to enquire about her claim. Our solicitors sent a letter of claim to the local school; however, initially the letter was ignored. Eventually after chasing them, we received correspondence from their insurers who accepted liability.
We had Elizabeth examined by a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon who confirmed that her pain in her hand should resolve within 14 months post accident, but that she would be left with some permanent slight deformity of her little finger. An initial offer of £13,500.00 from the insurers was rejected and we then negotiated a settlement of £18,000.00.