A claim for injuries in a head-on collision has been settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount following the intervention of the victim´s union.
Nick Brancher (37) from Saltash in Cornwall was driving eastbound along the A38 near Bodmin in April 2013, when a car travelling at 50mph in the opposite direction swerved across from the westbound carriageway and hit two other vehicles before crashing head-on into Nick´s seven-seater people carrier.
Nick – who had dropped his nine-year-old daughter off at school just a few minutes earlier – was taken to hospital with a fractured left elbow and extensive soft tissue injuries to his ribs, back and neck – the full extent of the soft tissue injuries failing to manifest for two weeks after the accident.
Although Nick was able to return to work as a maintenance team leader two days after the accident, he was only able to perform light duties for several months. His injuries also prevented him from pursuing his hobbies of Ju Jitsu, kayaking, climbing and cycling.
After seeking legal advice through his union representative, Nick made a compensation claim for injuries in a head-on collision against the negligent driver of the car that smashed up his people carrier. Liability for Nick´s accident and injuries was admitted by the negligent driver´s insurance company, and a settlement of Nick´s compensation claim for injuries in a head-on collision was negotiated.
Speaking after his claim for injuries in a head-on collision had been settled, Nick told his local press: “The other driver had lost control and hit two other cars before we collided head-on, it all happened so fast. I‘m just very grateful my daughter wasn’t in the vehicle with me”.
Rob Miguel – the regional officer at Unite’s Plymouth office, who assisted Nick with his claim for injuries in a head-on collision – said: “Our member sustained a series of injuries because a driver wasn’t concentrating. The level of injuries could have been far worse, but nevertheless the accident was still a serious one and went on to affect our member’s life for months after the crash”.