A man´s claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident has been resolved for £30,000 after he was told he may not receive more than £3,000.
Warren Smith (50) from Lancashire was driving along the A671 between Burnley and Rochdale when, on March 8th, 2012, he was involved in a head-on collision with a car travelling on the wrong side of the road. Tragically the driver of the car that hit Warren´s was killed in the accident.
Mark suffered multiple injuries in the accident, and was taken to hospital where he received treatment for injuries to his chest, head and back. Mark was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD and depression – psychological injuries that still trouble him more than four years after the accident.
Unfortunately Mark was unable to maintain his job as a contracts manager as it involved driving long distances. Mark sought legal advice about claiming injury compensation, but was told that the value of his claim would be unlikely to exceed £3,000.
Wisely, Mark sought a second opinion and, after the psychological consequences of his accident were taken into account, Mark´s new solicitor believed his claim could be much more. Mark subsequently made a compensation claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident against the fatally injured driver´s insurance company.
The insurance company admitted liability for their policyholder´s negligence, but initially refused to make a viable offer of settlement. Eventually Warren´s new solicitor negotiated a £30,000 settlement of the claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident – enough for Mark to continue with his physical rehabilitation and the therapy he requires to overcome his emotional trauma.
Speaking with his local paper after the claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident had been resolved, Warren said: “People should not underestimate the consequences of car accidents and I am lucky to be alive. I am still haunted by the events of that day and my injuries are a constant reminder of the fact that someone died in the crash. But I am incredibly relieved that I now have access to the care and support that I need to move forward with my life.”