A claim for compensation for zebra crossing injuries has been settled out of court after the negligent party´s insurance company agreed to settle the claim in full.
In December 2011, Janet Churchley was crossing Carr Lane in Hull city centre when she was hit by a car whose driver had been distracted on the approach to the zebra crossing she had just stepped onto. The impact of the car broke Janet´s leg and, due to the way in which Janet fell, her arm was also broken in the accident.
Paramedics treated Janet with gas and air at the scene of the accident before she was taken to the Royal Hull Infirmary by ambulance. There Janet underwent surgery to ensure that her broken bones would knit back together properly and she was subsequently confined to a wheel chair for three months.
While she was recovering from her injuries, Janet was totally dependent on her husband for washing and dressing and carrying out daily chores. Janet attended her son´s wedding while still in the wheelchair and had to sleep downstairs on her sofa because it was the only way she could sleep comfortably with her leg outstretched.
Janet was unable to return to work for almost a year and, when she did so, found that she was only capable of working part-time. She also found that psychological scars from the accident manifested in anxiety whenever she had to cross a road and – after seeking legal advice – Janet claimed compensation for her zebra crossing injuries.
Although the driver of the car which hit Janet acknowledged that he had been distracted on the approach to the zebra crossing, his insurance company failed to agree to how much was being claimed for Janet´s loss of income. An interim settlement of compensation for zebra compensation injuries was arranged in order that Janet would not be out of pocket and after protracted negotiations the insurance company settled Janet´s claim for an undisclosed amount – believed to be in the high five figures.