Sara's Pedestrian Accident Settles for £50,000 (Ardglass)
Sara was walking along a country road without a pavement in Ardglass, Downpatrick, with her partner. They were proceeding along the left of the road in single file when a car coming from behind them going in the same direction struck her whilst narrowly missing her partner. Sara was thrown into the air and landed heavily on the driver’s windscreen.
Sara suffered bruising to her face and arms as well as significant scarring to her face and right forearm. On top of these more visible injuries, she also suffered pain in her neck and shoulders. Upon briefly researching top personal injury firms in Northern Ireland, Sara came across our large number of positive online reviews and made contact with us in order to pursue a claim.
We sent a letter of claim to the driver and their insurer
Liability for the accident was admitted by the insurer. We had our new client examined by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and a separate consultant plastic surgeon. They produced medical reports outlining the extent of Sara’s injuries that we then forwarded to the insurance company.
We awaited the insurer's proposals for compensation
However, the insurer declined to make an offer immediately on the basis that there was a chance that the scarring would improve and therefore compensation entitlement might be of less value in the future. As a result of the stance adopted by the insurer and the obvious attempt to stall the claims process, we issued High Court proceedings and subsequently served them. We obtained a third medical report from a consultant psychiatrist whose opinion was that Sara, due to the scarring, suffered significant psychological symptoms in the aftermath of the accident.
Shortly after, we arranged for all parties involved to view Sara’s scarring and suggested entering negotiations. The case settled in the sum of £50,000.