Woman wins accident claim against Somerset County Council

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We have recently helped a local Somerset woman recover personal injury compensation from her employer, Somerset County Council.

The accident was caused by the negligence of the council and led to our client sustaining serious shoulder injury for which surgery was required.

Dealing with her claim under a no win – no fee agreement we submitted a detailed Letter of Claim to Somerset County Council, highlighting why we were holding the Council legally liable for her injuries. Arrangements were also made for an orthopaedic surgeon to write a medical report detailing our client’s injuries. He concluded that although she had made a good recovery from her surgery she would be at risk of developing arthritis in her shoulder in the future.

Having investigated the accident Somerset County Council admitted it had been at fault. It was then a question of calculating the level of compensation to be awarded. Compensation in a personal injury claim includes an award for ‘pain and suffering’ (ie the injury itself), together with an additional award for the claimant’s financial losses such as lost earnings, the cost of medical treatment and out of pocket expenses such as travelling costs.

We eventually negotiated a compensation settlement package of £30,000, together with solicitor’s fees and associated legal costs such as the medical expert’s fees.

If you have suffered injury in an accident then call the Devon and Somerset compensation specialists on Barnstaple 01271 373128 or Taunton 01823 354545 for a free case assessment.