Paul Brand was 34 years old at the time of his accident, living a regular life working as an English and Media secondary school teacher, bringing up his young son with his wife. Unfortunately Paul was involved in a road traffic accident on the 7th January 2015, whilst proceeding down a main road on his motorbike he was hit by another vehicle pulling out from a side road.
Paul lost consciousness at the scene of the accident and was unable to remember what happened. He was airlifted to hospital where he remained for a week, undergoing operations before being discharged to the care and assistance of his wife. As a result of the accident, Paul suffered a fractured left distal radius and scapula, fractured right jaw resulting in right-sided hearing loss/tinnitus to his right ear and a moderate-severe head injury.
Unfortunately, Paul suffered/suffers from multiple brain injury related symptoms including memory issues, fatigue, headaches and word finding difficulties. He also suffered/suffers from right sided hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis of the right ear. As a result of his symptoms, Paul found he was unable to return to his pre-accident career as a teacher.
After numerous investigations with the police into Paul’s accident, liability was straightforward and subsequently admitted in full. Medico-legal evidence had to be obtained from the following disciplines of experts in order to accurately predict how the Paul’s injuries would have an effect on his post-accident life and teaching career; a Neurologist, Neuropsychologist, Neuroradiologist, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Maxillo-Facial Surgeon and an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon.
Negotiations commenced with the Defendant Insurer and a JSM (Joint Settlement Meeting) scheduled for the 18th May 2017. Settlement was reached for the figure of £150,000 gross with provisional damages to be applied for. Provisional damages provide greater security for Claimant’s who have not made a full recovery from their injuries. If there is a chance that in the future that Paul will develop some disease or suffer a serious deterioration in his condition, he can opt to pursue this. It provides Paul with the option to return to the court to seek a further sum of compensation if he suffers further after the claim has been settled.
In Paul’s case, the Neurologist’s determined he has a chance of suffering from epilepsy in the future. Therefore, he felt that he would like the option to re-open his case should he ever suffer from this. The settlement of his case has now allowed for Paul and his family to be secured for his immediate short term future.
Since his accident, Paul has slowly begun to rebuild his life despite the injuries sustained. He has returned to work completing numerous part time jobs including working as a supply/cover teacher, as a tutor and working for a teacher publishing company. He is still therefore very much involved in teaching and aims to return to it in the future. Paul has also returned to most of his pre-accident hobbies including running, he has since taken on two half marathons to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance, the service used to convey him to hospital following his motorbike accident.
Despite having been told that the other driver was entirely at fault, and Louise and Katelyn from Fletchers being good enough to visit me whilst I was recuperating at my in-laws, I was initially sceptical about the involvement of solicitors. As far as I was concerned at that early stage, I had had a lucky escape, it was just a case of waiting for multiple broken bones to heal and then I could resume my life. So when I was told that the litigation process would take two years to play itself out I just put it to the back of my mind.
When the first interim payment came through to cover expenses up to that point it was a nice bonus but I wasn’t expecting much more besides. It was only a few months later, when bones had knitted back together but my ear still hadn’t popped and the pressure and discomfort in it was raising doubts about my ability to return to classroom teaching, that I began to take the compensation claim more seriously. Louise’s warning that you had to allow time for the impact of injuries to fully reveal themselves now rang true.
The accident has caused serious upheaval in my life and if it wasn’t for Katelyn and Louise’s guidance then the litigation process would have been a major worry on top of everything else. As it was, they have helped to steer me through a very difficult period and the claim helps to ease financial concerns and enables me to look more positively towards the future.