Case handler: Ben Priestley (Senior Solicitor)
In this case, our client was riding his motorbike when hit by a taxi. He was taken to hospital and eventually had access to the Major Trauma Signposting Partnership (MTSP) scheme.
The injuries sustained were:
Features of our client's case
At the time of the accident, our client was living alone, unemployed and in receipt of benefits. Within two weeks of our instruction, we managed to obtain funding for a private rehabilitation Case Manager to meet our client to undertake an Immediate Needs Assessment to assess his needs. Numerous recommendations were made and funded by the Defendants notwithstanding liability not being admitted at that time. It is worth noting that liability was only formally admitted 15 months post-accident but this did not prevent us providing our client with access to rehabilitation and support.
At the time of the accident, our client lived in a 2 bedroom flat which wouldn't accommodate his wheelchair so he couldn't return home from hospital. Our client received support from Citizens Advice (through the MTSP scheme) and the Case Manager and was rehoused closer to his family, after the case manager visited various properties with our client to assess suitability.
A new property was identified, a small bungalow, but it wasn't perfect for our client as there was a step at the front and the doorways hadn't been widened etc. It was arranged for a private Occupational Therapist to review the property and prepare a report setting out how the property could be made more suitable. They were then instructed to liaise with the Housing Association and contractors to facilitate adaptation. The Housing Association were persuaded to allow work to be undertaken at the property and we made the following adjustments, paid for by the Defendants:
As stated above, our client was unemployed at the time of the accident with a sporadic work history.
We facilitated a series of sessions with a vocational specialist over several months. His work history was explored as was a skills analysis, assessment of his abilities/limitations, CV review along with an assessment of job opportunities locally.
The outcome was that our client was supported in enrolling on an IT engineering college course starting just over 18 months post-accident – the cost of the first year of which was paid by the Defendants.
To give our client some element of independence despite his injuries, he organised a taxi account paid for by the Defendants, in addition to undertaking a formal driving assessment where recommendations were made for the provision of an adapted car. In addition, our client had driving lessons arranged as he didn't have a driving licence.
Where we added value as serious injury specialists
As a serious injury specialist, one of our key focuses is always our client's physical and psychological rehabilitation to give clients the best chance of returning to independence following a life-changing injury. These are the areas where our specialist knowledge, support and collaboration with the Defendants, assisted our client's recovery:
A number of interim payments were secured for our client during the life of the case, notwithstanding the absence of an admission of liability for a prolonged period.
The first interim payment of damages for the Claimant was secured 2 weeks after our client instructed us.
The claim settled for a seven figure sum, this being in addition to tens of thousands of pounds of rehabilitation funding secured from the Defendants to assist our client in regaining independence and quality of life.
Testimonial from our client
"I really benefitted from the referral to PACE rehabilitation in Stockport. The whole package there was excellent and the bespoke limb I got from them seemed to work really well for me.
It was all new to me after the accident and being in the hands of someone experienced is a definite advantage. The service from Serious Law has been 1st class and I know that if I'd tried to find a solicitor myself, I could have got anyone and wouldn't have known what their experience is".