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Successful Personal Injury Claim After Slab Gives Way

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

Phil Mulryne acted for Mr B, the Claimant, to pursue a claim for personal injuries following an accident.

At the time of the accident the Claimant was employed was a delivery driver and as a result of carrying a returned item from a customer’s premises was involved in an accident.

The Claimant was walking on a pathway away from the Claimant’s premises when a rocky slab moved causing him to lose his balance, twisting his ankle.

The Claimant was diagnosed as suffering from a ligament/soft tissue injury to his ankle. His symptoms steadily improved with physiotherapy but some three years following the accident he was still experiencing occasional discomfort in his ankle with prolonged activity and was suffering from what would be described as nuisance symptoms.

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

As a result of the Claimant’s injuries he was off work for a couple of months. He was unable to attend the gym and incurred costs following the purchase of medication and for travelling to medical appointments.

The Claimant also required some help from his father for around three months as he was unable to carry out his usual domestic cleaning and maintenance duties.

Court proceedings were issued in relation to the claim and the Defendants put forward an offer of £5,500 for personal injury damages. This offer was subsequently increased to a global figure of £8,500 to include the claim for loss of earnings and the other expenses. The offer of £8,200 was put forward on a global basis but didn’t appear to represent an increase on the valuation of personal injury damages.

Subsequently increased offers of £9,500 and £9,700 were put forward with the claim being settled on the basis of the latter offer.

This represented a settlement figure in the region of £7,000 for personal injury damages plus the additional losses.

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