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Minster Law achieves a settlement to protect the future of motorcycle crash victim

Andrew Sloan

At the time of the accident, our client was on her way to work at a crisp factory in Corby. She was stationary, waiting to turn right into the access road to her workplace, when the Defendant collided with the rear of her motorcycle. 

The force of the impact propelled our client from her motorcycle, and she struck her head on the windscreen of the car before falling onto the road.  Unsurprisingly, she has no recollection of the accident.

Primary liability was admitted, however the Defendant made allegations of contributory negligence on the grounds of their road positioning and alleged our client “failed to wear a properly fitting helmet” and was “possibly using a ‘phone at the time”.

Despite the allegations, no evidence was offered in support of these allegations.

As a consequence of the accident, our client sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and suffered a stable compression fracture to her back.  The brain injury led to an organic personality disorder so severe that she was detained pursuant to sections 2 and 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983 for almost 18 months.

This was a really challenging case due to the client’s inability to communicate after the accident, made more complex due to the client’s limited ability to speak English.

Determined to ensure treatment plans and funding were in place for her future, the team at Minster Law, led by Andrew Sloan, worked closely with the Case Manager and Counsel.  The team was able to assess her likely care needs and achieve a settlement which will afford the client protection for the future, with funding for her future needs.

We were delighted to hear that our client was very satisfied with the outcome of the case, citing our strong communication, professionalism, and friendliness.