Public footpath injury victim wins compensation

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Client wins a higher than expected sum of compensation in his public footpath injury claim

We were delighted to negotiate a settlement of a client’s public footpath injury claim for a sum that exceeded the amount his barrister had said the claim was likely to be worth. The deatils of the case were as follows:

Our client was walking along a public footpath after having played at a local park with his young grandson. While walking he failed to notice a raised area on the footpath. Unfortunately he caught his foot on the protruding edge and this caused him to trip and fall.

As a consequence of the trip our client suffered a fracture to his hip and required a partial hip replacement.

He appointed us to claim compensation for his public footpath injury on a No Win – No Fee basis.

A Claim Notification Form was sent to the Highway Authority’s insurers. Further enquiries were made to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the defect. This resulted in the Highway Authority admitting liability for the accident.

A medical report was obtained and a meeting with a specialist personal injury barrister was arranged with the client and his lawyer, Jasmine Butler, in attendance. The barrister advised that our client could expect to receive in excess of £25,000 for the injury; perhaps as much as £30,000.

Jasmine drafted a detailed witness statement detailing the adverse effects of the injuries. She also prepared a schedule of the financial losses suffered by him as a result, which included costs and expenses that he was likely to incur in the future.

An offer (under Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules) was then made by us, prompting negotiations with the insurance company. By the end of the negotiation process we obtained an award on our client’s behalf of £32,000 – a sum in excess of the highest figure which the barrister had thought could be recovered.

This is an example of the results that can be achieved in a personal injury claim where time and care is taken in gathering evidence in support of a case prior to initiating settlement negotiations.

We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our clients so as to maximise the compensation they receive.

If you have been injured in an accident and wish to make a claim for compensation on a No Win – No Fee basis then call us now on 0808 139 1606.