Jack’s serious motorcycle accident settles for £900,000 (Newtownabbey)
Jack was involved in a serious, life-changing motorcycle accident when a car coming the opposite way cut across his path. He was knocked off his bike and flung a sizable distance across the road. Instinctively, Jack got up and then collapsed into a ditch. The police happened upon the scene of the accident and they called for medical assistance.
Jack was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he was detained for one week and then transferred to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. He remained in hospital for 8 weeks. As a result of this accident, he sustained multiple injuries across his body and he underwent numerous surgeries.
Jack Contacted Paschal O’Hare Solicitors
Upon the recommendation of a family member, Jack instructed Patrick O’Hare of this firm to pursue a personal injury claim on his behalf. It was clear from the nature of Jack’s injuries that he would be left with lifelong issues. Medical reports were obtained from a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, a psychiatrist, a plastic surgeon as well as a thoracic surgeon.
As a result of his injuries, it was clear that Jack, who had done some training to be a chef, would not be able to pursue a career that involved prolonged standing. It was necessary to obtain a report from an occupational psychologist to look at his employment prospects and to confirm whether he would be in a position to pursue his chosen career. In addition, it will be necessary to obtain reports from an occupational therapy consultant to cost out the care which Jack required from the date of accident to date and going forward in the future. Allied to this was the need to obtain a report from a forensic accountant to calculate Jack’s financial loss in the past and going forward in the future.
High court proceedings were issued. The defence solicitors, despite the fact their client was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm by careless driving, declined to accept liability. It was necessary to obtain a report from a consulting engineer, and this clearly established that the Defendant was at fault for the accident and that no blame whatsoever was attached to our client. The matter was subsequently listed for trial. Prior to the trial, negotiations took place. An offer of £500,000 was made. This was rejected out of hand. On the morning of the trial, and increased offer of £750,000 was made. Again, this was rejected. Finally, an offer of £900,000 plus CRU was made and this was accepted.
Commenting on the successful conclusion of this case, Jack commented: “I would just like to thank Patrick O’Hare of Paschal O’Hare Solicitors for the way he has handled this case. I am absolutely delighted with the outcome. I would have no hesitation recommending Paschal O’Hare Solicitors to anyone involved in a serious, life-changing accident.”