Previous solicitors fail to prove fault for personal injury claim
Mr Shaun Dixon came to Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors in Dundee with his car accident injury claim just three months before he ran out of time to make a claim for compensation, after another firm of solicitors in Scotland were unable to help him.
How the accident happened
Mr Dixon was in a car being driven by a friend when the car accident happened. Unknown to Mr Dixon, the driver was both under the influence and uninsured to drive the car.
Whilst the driver was driving Mr Dixon home, the driver lost control of the car at a significant speed, causing a collision with four parked cars.
The driver then fled the scene, leaving our client in the vehicle with serious injuries.
The driver denied being involved but was later prosecuted and convicted for offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Accident causes severe injury
Mr Dixon was left with serious injuries after the car accident, including fractures of the spine and a head injury with a large laceration to the head, which left scarring to the face and head.
He required surgery, an extended stay in hospital and a long rehabilitation process after the collision, including having to wear a halo brace fixed to his skull.
Other Scottish solicitors failed to prove fault
Another firm had been dealing with the personal injury claim until just a few months before the case time barred. Under Scottish law, individuals generally have three years from the date of an accident to either settle a case or raise a Court action for compensation.
The previous solicitor failed to progress the case any further as they were not able to progress the case past the denial of liability by the driver and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) (who deal with cases involving uninsured drivers, such as this case).
Almost lost his right to pursue a claim
Mr Dixon came to Digby Brown Solicitors office in Dundee with only a few months to go until his personal injury claim time barred and he lost his right to pursue a claim.
Our personal injury solicitors in Dundee identified what investigations had to be made in order to advise Mr Dixon about the prospects of success.
Our solicitors quickly made the necessary extensive investigations with Police Scotland and other witnesses, and initiated Court proceedings to protect the personal injury claim from timebar.
Our solicitors went through the process of gathering expert medical reports from three separate Consultants, including a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Consultant Neurosurgeon, to ensure Mr Dixon’s injuries were fully evaluated and the effects of them addressed in the compensation claim.
Rightful compensation with the right legal advice
In the face of a denial of liability for the car accident, our solicitors rejected an initial offer, and negotiated a higher award of £22,500 for Mr Dixon’s injuries from the car accident.
"I am very grateful to Digby Brown for assisting me with my case. My case was always handled professionally and my solicitor guided me though the claim process. I am delighted with the outcome."
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