We win compensation for horse rider injured in a hit and run incident
Our client was just 21 years old at the time of her accident. She was riding her horse along a road when a lorry passed her at speed. The horse became startled and this caused our client to fall from her horse. The horse then landed on top of her. As a result of the accident her left femur was broken.
She was taken to hospital for treatment and remained there for a week. Following discharge from hospital, she contacted our free legal helpline to find out whether she would be entitled to compensation as the lorry driver had failed to stop and she did not have his insurance details.
We told her that compensation was available to victims of hit and run drivers and agreed to deal with her claim on a no win, no fee basis.
A claim was submitted to the Motors Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) under the Untraced Drivers Agreement. The MIB pays out compensation to victims who have sustained injury as a result of a road traffic accident caused by either an uninsured or an untraced driver.
We then obtained medical reports from an independent orthopaedic surgeon and a clinical psychologist. The orthopaedic surgeon confirmed that while the fracture was healing well, the locking screws were causing pain and she would therefore need further surgery to remove the metalwork. Following surgery she was left with a 5 inch scar on her leg. She also suffered with anxiety and depression as a result of the accident and the psychologist recommended 12-15 sessions of CBT treatment.
The MIB initially offered compensation of £15,000, but we were able to settle the claim out of court for a figure of £20,000.
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