Wakefield Man Recovers £50,000 In Damages After Being Knocked Down

Published: 19th May 2015

Liddy’s Solicitors helped a young man to secure a £50,000 compensation payment after he was injured when he was hit by a car.

The young man was knocked over when a car mounted the central reservation, throwing him into the air. He hit his head on the floor as he landed and suffered a fit at the scene, the first fit that he had ever had. He was also battered and bruised, but his physical injuries were short lived.

At the time of the incident, he was at college and found that he was not doing as well in his studies as he had hoped. His parents thought that he was more forgetful than usual.

He instructed Liddy’s Solicitors to recover damages. Liability was admitted straight away by the car driver’s insurers but they were only interested in paying damages for his physical injuries, and a report from a doctor and a dentist summarised those physical injuries.
However, his forgetfulness continued and so we instructed a neurologist. The neurologist’s conclusion was that he had suffered a brain injury which had caused some mild memory impairment, but that he would be fine again within 18 months of the accident.

Also, there was no real risk of suffering any further fits. However, his memory continued to be poor and so we sent him to see a psychologist. She gave him two hours of mental tests and concluded that his memory was worse than would be expected and it was likely to have been caused by his head injury in the accident. Furthermore, it was not likely that he would now recover fully. As a result, he may not do as well in work as he would otherwise have.

He had hoped to go into public service but instead is working in a lesser paid full-time job.  We settled his claim for £50,000, which included some compensation for some anticipated loss of earning capacity.

Brain injury is often missed in cases like this, but amongst young men it is very common and the effects should not be underestimated. They can range from a very mild brain injury which affects word finding skills and memory, to a serious brain injury requiring carers.

At Liddy’s Solicitors we have an experienced team of lawyers who are used to dealing with serious accidents and to taking their time to make sure that the claimant’s injuries are properly investigated and compensated.

If you or your family has suffered a serious injury in an accident, give our solicitors a call on 01924 780753 or contact us via the website.


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