Shauna's Road Traffic Accident Settles for £12,000 (Ballymena)
Shauna was driving through Ballymena when she slowed down whilst approaching traffic. Unfortunately, the van behind her did not slow down and crashed into the rear of her car. Moments before the Road Traffic Accident, Shauna looked into her rear view mirror and noticed the van close in at speed. The van driver attempted to swerve upon realisation of what was about to occur, however this was unsuccessful.
“Watching the van come closer was terrifying. For the longest second of my life, I knew what was about to happen and I couldn’t stop it.” – Shauna
Shauna was understandably shaken following her accident. Soon after, she developed pain in both arms from gripping her steering wheel. The pain extended to her neck and across both shoulders. We were also saddened to hear that Shauna had become anxious whilst driving following the collision.
Not sure what to do next, Shauna turned to Google for answers. She identified Paschal O’Hare Solicitors as the specialist firm that she felt that she could trust. On our new client’s behalf, we initiated a claim for compensation against the van driver. Liability was quickly admitted by the defendant’s insurance company. We obtained a medical report from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon which concluded that Shauna suffered from whiplash. The medical professional also discovered that Shauna’s arm pain resulted from “tennis elbow” that manifested because of the traffic accident. We were advised that this would recover within 2 – 3 years.
“I found Patrick O’Hare and his team incredibly helpful. I particularly found the mobile app for client communication easy to use and a helpful tool to speed up the process.” – Shauna
We entered negotiations with the insurance company for the other driver who made an initial offer of £5500 was made. This was rejected out of hand. A further offer of £10,000 was rejected before an acceptable offer of £12,000 was made.
The case settled for £12,000. From start to finish the case took less than 4 months.