Harry's Pedestrian Accident Settles for £10,875 (Newtownards)
Harry was crossing a road in Newtownards at night when a car pulled out of a side street on the wrong side of the road. He heard the revving of the car’s engine and managed to jump onto the bonnet before it could strike him fully. Harry then rolled off the car in a ball and landed on his knee. The driver of the car immediately sped off leaving Harry injured on the dark road.
Harry was able to contact emergency services after the hit & run
Harry was taken to the Ulster Hospital where doctors attempted, but failed to stitch the large laceration on his knee. Further to this injury, he also suffered general aches and pains. Whilst he healed, Harry had to attend his GP regularly to have his dressings changed.
Harry approached us with the view to pursue a claim for compensation, however he was unsure of his options in light of the fact that the careless and dangerous driver had not remained at the scene of the accident. Patrick O’Hare, our principal solicitor, advised his new client that he could pursue his claim against the untraced driver scheme offered by the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB). Patrick lodged a claim on his client’s behalf and after much investigation the MIB indicated a willingness to discuss settlement of the case.
In some cases the MIB can pay out compensation with public funds
We sent Harry to one of our consultant orthopaedic surgeons for an examination and production of a medical report. The report indicated that Harry continued to experience some pain in his left knee in damp or cold weather. He also found it painful to go up or down stairs. On examination, the knee was felt to be clinically intact, however tenderness over the scarred area remained.
This medical report was submitted to the MIB who made a settlement offer of £4,000. This was rejected out of hand. We took photographs of our client’s scarred knee and sent them to the MIB. This led to further negotiation and a revised figure of £10,875 was agreed upon.
Unfortunately, the now criminal driver that fled the scene was never found.
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