The incident 

Our client, a 58-year-old man, had pulled out of a petrol station on his motorbike, before stopping at traffic lights. As the lights turned green, he pulled away when another vehicle pulled out of the exit of a supermarket and collided with our client. Our client advised that the defendant went through a red light.  

Following the incident, our client suffered the following injuries: 

  • Fracture of the right forearm 
  • Soft tissue injury to cervical spine 
  • Soft tissue injury to lumbar spine 
  • Soft tissue injury to left hand  
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • Moderate depressive episode 

The case 

The RTA case was handled by Personal Injury Solicitor, Jane Lyons, with support from Trainee Solicitor, Matthew Burke.  

Liability was denied by the insurers from the outset of the claim. Unfortunately for us, our client was cautioned by the police for not having an MOT and his bike being registered as SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). Our client believed his bike was MOT- exempt due to a Covid exemption. The defendant was convicted of driving without due care and attention.  

Investigations were made into liability for the incident, which included obtaining traffic light sequencing – this helped support our client’s allegation that the driver of the other vehicle had gone through a red light. However, this allegation continued to be denied by the other party.  

The defendant originally offered a liability split of 50/50, but after court proceedings were issued, we eventually received an admission of liability from the other party.  

The aftermath 

Following the RTA, our client underwent surgery on his right arm. However, despite surgery, he continued to suffer with pain. His medico-legal expert confirmed that he would be left with a 30% loss of function, which would be permanent and would cause a moderate level of ongoing difficulty.  

As a result of the accident, he also developed PTSD along with a moderate depressive episode. We had managed to agree with the defendant that a case manager would be of use in this case to help support our client in the aftermath of his accident. Our client received psychological treatments under this joint case management agreement on a private basis.   

Our client previously worked as a panel beater. However, due to the manual nature of the role, he was unable to continue this employment. During the claim, he continued to work but only manging light duties. Medical evidence supported that he would not be able to return to this role in the future. Fortunately, despite his change of occupation, he was unlikely to suffer from any future loss of earnings. 

The case outcome  

An initial compensation offer of £40,000 was rejected, as we advised our client that this was not a fair recompense for his suffering. Thanks to the tenacity of our solicitors, we were able to secure a final settlement of £60,000.  

Following the claim, Jane commented: 

“I am pleased that a successful outcome was achieved following negotiations, and that liability was eventually admitted following proceedings being issued. I wish our client all the best for the future.” 

The client added: 

“No one wants to be in an accident but I knew my claim was in safe hands. I would recommend them to anyone. Jane and Matthew were fantastic throughout the course of the claim.”