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Date: 22nd April 2014 Sector: 0 Specialist: Matthew Bates
Successful personal injury claim for pedestrian who was knocked down
Matt Bates, a Lawyer for the Personal Injury Department at Ward & Rider Solicitors, acted for Mrs B on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis following a Road Traffic Accident where she sustained a fractured hip. Mrs B was crossing a road when the defendant, who was driving a motor vehicle, collided with her knocking her to the ground. Mrs B had enjoyed independent living prior to the accident but subsequently required a significant amount of care and assistance because of this accident. Whilst the defendant’s insurers admitted liability, they alleged that Mrs B was 75% at fault for the accident, meaning that potentially her compensation would be reduced by this amount. The above apportionment was disputed and it was necessary for case law in cases with similar accident circumstances which had already been heard at court to be considered. Although not agreed, contributory negligence of only 30% was factored into our negotiations with the other side’s solicitors. Despite significant issues in relation to liability, and an initial offer made by the other side’s solicitors of only £15,000, Matt Bates was able to negotiate a settlement of £33,500. Mrs B’s name was changed to protect her privacy but this is indeed a true accident claim handled successfully by Ward & Rider Solicitors. Back to list