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Claim for personal injuries following an accident at work

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

Phil Mulryne acted for Miss K, the Claimant, to pursue a claim for personal injuries following an accident at work.

The Claimant was using a pump truck and was stationary when she was hit from behind by a truck being controlled by a colleague.

Miss K sustained soft tissue injuries to her neck and back. Her back symptoms resolved within a period of six months and the majority of her neck symptoms cleared up within 12 months but she fully recovered from the effects of the accident within a period of 28 months.

The claim was put to the Defendant’s insurers who accepted liability.

As a result of the accident the Claimant was off work for six weeks. She received a majority of her wages during this period but a shortfall was claimed.

In addition she paid for chiropractic treatment herself which was included in the claim together with the costs of medication and travelling to medical appointments.

The Claimant had a pre-booked holiday planned which had to be cancelled. The Claimant secured a partial refund of the air fare but the balance was claimed as part of her claim.

Also following the accident the Claimant was unable to undertake her share of housework and she required some assistance with personal hygiene in the initial days following the accident, all of the assistance provided by her mother. The sum of £500.00 was claimed to represent the care and assistance applying a non-commercial hourly rate.

The full details of the claim were put to the Defendants who put forward an offer of £6,950 for personal injury damages, also agreeing to meet the other heads of claim in full.

This figure was deemed to be reasonable but an increase was secured to represent personal injury damages of £7,250 in addition to the other losses.

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