Ugne's cycling accident settles for £15,000 (Belfast)
Ugne, working as a Deliveroo Rider, was cycling on a main road in Belfast when a car overtook her. The driver cut in front of her sharply whilst attempted to park at the roadside. Ugne had nowhere to go nor could she stop and the rear of the vehicle struck her. She fell from her bicycle and landed on her hip and knee. The police attended the scene and an ambulance was called. She was taken to hospital where an x-ray indicated soft tissue injuries to her elbow, hip and neck. Following the accident her mental health also started to decline.
Ugne decided to pursue compensation
Ugne found Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors online and contacted us to enquire about a claim. We sent a letter of claim and had our new client examined by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and consultant psychiatrist. The findings corroborated the x-ray results. They also indicated that the psychological overlay meant that Ugne was unable to return to work as a Deliveroo Rider. We entered lengthy discussions with the car driver’s insurance provider. Despite us presented them with an extract from the investigating police officer's notebook which confirmed that the driver of the car had missed the cyclist in the blind spot, liability was denied. Legal proceedings were issued. At this point the insurer’s defending solicitor approached us with a view to negotiate. We entered talks and reached a settle agreement of £15,000.
Deliveroo Riders have the same rights on the road as everyone else. Learn more about it here.