When you get into a car as a passenger, the driver has a duty of care towards you, and is responsible for your safety while you are in the car. If the driver causes an accident, you could be entitled to claim compensation for personal injuries like whiplash injury.
Bartletts, specialist personal injury lawyers in Chester, recently helped a young woman who was injured in a deliberate car crash secure a high level of compensation.
The 25- year-old got into the car in good faith, but the driver began driving erratically and swerving the car off the road. Eventually the car ran out of control and hit a wall. The majority of the impact was on the front passenger side of the car, where the lady was sitting.
An ambulance was called to the scene of the accident and she was taken to the local hospital to be examined. She was in a lot of pain and had suffered extensive injuries to her neck and back. She had soft tissue bruising consistent with whiplash injuries.
While she recovered from her injuries, the lady came to see one of our experienced personal injury solicitors, who quickly established a claim for compensation from the driver’s insurance company. Our lawyer recognised that the lady needed some counselling after the trauma of the accident and arranged an interim payment as funding for cognitive behaviour therapy for three months.
The insurance company initially made a very low offer of settlement. The lady took the advice of our tenacious lawyer and refused the offer. We proceeded to make an application for the claim to be heard by the court, and a trial date was set. Just before the date of the trial, the insurance company offered a settlement figure of more than three times their initial offer, which we were pleased to advise the lady to accept.
With Bartlett’s help the young woman made a full recovery and secured more than three times as much compensation for personal injuries than she was initially offered.
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