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Bartletts Solicitors win appeal for hit-and-run compensation

Always keen to stand up for the rights of our clients, Bartletts recently won an appeal that led to £10,000 in compensation for a lady who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

The lady came to see one of our specialist personal injury solicitors in Chester, after she had been knocked down at a pedestrian crossing. The 53-year-old lady was attempting to cross the road when a car driving at speed collided into her. The driver did not stop and instead proceeded to drive away from the scene of the accident, which is a criminal offence.

Passers-by called an ambulance and the lady was taken to hospital. She had suffered multiple fractures to her toes and soft tissue damage to her head and shoulders. Following the accident the lady needed a course of physiotherapy to help her recover fully.

Just before the accident, the lady had been offered a new job. She was unable to start the job on the date she had planned because of the injuries from the accident, which had affected her mobility.

When the lady came to see Bartletts, our expert personal injury lawyer advised her that even though the hit-and-run driver was untraceable, she could make a claim for compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The MIB is run by the insurance industry to provide compensation for anyone involved in an accident with an uninsured or untraced driver.

The MIB initially rejected the lady’s claim for compensation, but our persistent lawyer appealed their decision and an independent arbitrator allowed the appeal. The lady was awarded £10,000 as compensation for personal injuries, which helped her get back on the road to recovery and receive the physiotherapy treatment she needed. Eventually, the lady was even able to start her new job.