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£625,000 settlement for lower leg amputation
We acted on behalf of a client who was riding his motorbike when a young driver travelling in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle and collided with him.
Unfortunately, our client suffered fractures to both wrists and required amputation of his left leg as a consequence of the accident. He also developed complex psychological injuries involving depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependency.
Shoosmiths was able to obtain an admission of liability straight away and arranged for immediate and substantial interim payments to allow our client to purchase suitable accommodation. This interim funding also paid for the latest prostheses obtained privately through Dorset Orthopaedics at an early stage in the claim.
We then obtained expert medical evidence in relation to our client’s physical and psychological injuries and instructed specialist rehabilitation providers and therapists to determine our client’s future needs for prosthetic equipment, care and accommodation
Armed with this information we could value our client’s claim accurately, taking into account all his immediate expenses and loss of earnings as well as remuneration for his pain and suffering and the need to fund the ongoing support and help he would require.
Following negotiation, and without the need to go to trial, we agreed a settlement of £625,000 which helped our client retain his independence and allowed him to look forward to a much more optimistic future than he had thought possible.