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£12,000 Compensation for Psychological Injury

The claimant’s details have been changed but this is indeed a true case

Jason Claridge, Director and Solicitor at Ward & Rider Solicitors in their Personal Injury Department, recently acted for Mr A.

Mr A was injured when he saw his children being struck by a vehicle which had been left unattended and we allege had been left in a defective state in that it began to move when it should not have been able to. As a consequence, Mr A had the horrifying experience of seeing his children being struck by this vehicle and he initially feared that they had suffered terrible injuries.

We argued with the Defendants that they were to blame for this accident. They counter-argued that there was another party who potentially was to blame because they were responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repair of the vehicle. Neither party would admit liability and consequently we issued court proceedings.

They continued to dispute liability. They also argued that the accident could not have caused the psychological injury that our client suffered. Although our client wasn’t physically injured, his argument was simple. He had to witness his children being involved in this accident, and like any individual who has got connection with a victim in such accident circumstances, it would cause them considerable distress.

We pointed out that the Claimant’s financial losses were limited in that Mr A was able to continue with work. He was not impacted at home. He needed some psychological treatment and was diagnosed as suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder for a short period of time, together with anxiety for a short period of time. There were a number of offers and counter-offers made until it reached the point whereby the Claimant was offered £12,000 in full and final settlement of his claim for personal injuries and financial losses. He decided that this was something he would want to accept.

Ward & Rider act for individuals who have been involved in all types of personal injury claims including claims as a result of clinical negligence (medical negligence), accidents at work, road traffic accidents and tripping and slipping claims. Ordinarily we are happy to act under a Conditional Fee Agreement i.e. a no win, no fee agreement.

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