Road Traffic Accident

Securing Justice and Fair Compensation after a Cycling Accident

September 1, 2023
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Accident Date: June 2020

At Fletchers Solicitors, we are committed to representing individuals who have suffered injuries due to negligence, ensuring they receive the justice and compensation they deserve. One such case involved a cycling accident that occurred in June 2020, highlighting the importance of proper road maintenance and signage to reduce cycling accidents.

 

The Accident and Initial Steps:

Our client, an avid cyclist, was riding down a descent into a sharp left-hand bend when he was dismounted due to loose re-dressed gravel that had not been properly cleared. The accident resulted in various injuries, including pain to the thoracic spine, gravel rash, cuts, and bruises to the limbs, and a laceration to the left knee that required stitches.

 

Liability and Legal Journey:

The accident site had some signage, but it was not sufficiently visible to prevent the accident. The client initially brought his case to the local Council where this occurred, who denied liability and directed him to the contractors responsible for the road maintenance. Lacking progress, the client approached Smith Jones Solicitors in February 2022 to help him pursue legal action for the injuries and the subsequent losses he faced.

We promptly presented the client’s claim to the defendants via the Ministry of Justice Portal in May 2022. Liability was eventually accepted in June 2022. The case was then transitioned to Fletchers for continued legal representation.

 

Medical Assessment and Evidence Gathering:

Our client suffered not only physical injuries but also had to take time off work and was unable to engage in sports for weeks. Following a GP appointment and thorough medical assessment, a referral to an orthopaedic expert was recommended for the knee injury.

An interim payment was requested from the insurer to assist the client while further medical evidence was obtained. The orthopaedic appointment revealed details about the client’s injuries, and an MRI was suggested for a comprehensive evaluation.

 

Medical Findings and Valuation:

The MRI results showed the extent of the injuries, with the expert providing a detailed assessment. The injuries were assessed, and the client’s future prognosis was considered. The valuation of the injuries was estimated at approximately £9,500 to £11,000, considering factors such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, and the impact on daily life.

 

Negotiations and Settlement:

With the complete medical and losses evidence in hand, negotiations were initiated with the third-party insurer with one of our specialist cycling accident claims lawyers. The total value of the claim, including damages to the client’s bicycle and clothing, was presented. After several rounds of negotiation, a fair settlement offer of just over £12,000 was reached, with compensation covering his personal injury as well as cycle damage.

 

Getting the right outcome for our client

This case exemplifies our dedication to pursuing justice for our clients. Through meticulous evidence gathering, comprehensive medical assessments, and skilled negotiation, we were able to secure a settlement that compensated our client for the physical and emotional toll of the accident. Our client’s perseverance, coupled with our legal expertise, led to a successful outcome that provided the support and compensation he rightfully deserved. If you or a loved one have been injured due to negligence, contact Fletchers Solicitors for expert legal representation and compassionate guidance from expert cycling accident compensation lawyers.

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