Life changing motorcycle injury secures over 11 times compensation
Digby Brown’s personal injury solicitors in Dundee help a 17 year old secure over 11 times the initial compensation offer after he was involved in a serious and life changing motorcycle accident.
How did the motorcycle accident happen?
Our client was riding his motorcycle when a parked commercial van failed to see him and pulled out of his parking space - directly into our client's path.
Our client and his bike were thrown across the road, into the path of an oncoming Audi A3, where there was a head on collision.
The driver of the van was later charged with careless driving, and was found to have been driving without a wing mirror. The van driver’s view of vehicles approaching from the rear, such as our client’s motorcycle, was heavily restricted.
Life changing motorcycle injuries
Our client was 17 at the time of the motorcycle accident, and his injuries were serious enough to have life changing effects.
He had planned to follow in his father's footsteps in the railway industry, but as a result of motorcycle injuries this was not possible. He will never be able to work in an industry which involves heavy manual labour
Insurers offer compensation of £7,000 without full medical evidence
The insurers made a cynical and unsolicited offer of £7,000 to compensate our client for his motorcycle injuries and all other past and future financial losses. This offer was made before all of the evidence was in place.
There was no attempt by the insurer to obtain the medical evidence needed to properly assess and understand our client's injuries or the impact they would have on the rest of his life.
Personal injury solicitors in Dundee advise client to reject offer
Our personal injury solicitors in Dundee, specialising in motorcycle accidents, advised our client that this offer was too low, on the basis of his orthopaedic injuries alone, and the compensation offer was rejected.
Dundee solicitors gather all medical evidence and reports
Our solicitors in Dundee proceeded in gathering further medical evidence and other reports from a specialist Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, a Consultant Psychologist, a Vocational Consultant (Employment expert), and a Consulting Actuary (for a Pension Loss Report).
Consideration had to be given to the client's future ability to work, and which type of occupation he might be able to work in, and the impact on his future earnings and pension as a result of his motorcycle accident injuries.
Our client also required privately funded medical treatment, which was recommended by the Consultants, to aid his recovery after the accident. We were able to secure full funding for this, separate to the final compensation amount.
Motorcycle injury compensation over 11 times the original offer
Once the motorcycle accident case had been fully prepared, our Dundee solicitors raised court proceedings at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
We secured a total award of compensation for our client’s motorcycle injuries of £75,000, as well as £3,180 to fully fund our client's private medical treatment.
This was over 11 times the original compensation offer amount.