Leg Amputation Case – Payment of £322,000 in “50-50” Settlement
Mulderrigs represented Ellie Charcol from the Reading area in a leg amputation claim following a motorcycle accident.
We dealt with the case on “no win no fee” terms.
Ellie was riding home from work when a car emerged from a garage forecourt into her path.
Liability For The Accident
The other driver completely denied responsibility for the accident.
He claimed that another car had flashed the lights to allow him to pull out.
The other driver also alleged that Ellie was over the centre line and riding too fast.
We have handled lots of motorcycle accidents where the biker was “filtering” past stationary traffic.
So we investigated the evidence very carefully.
We obtained the detailed police report and interviewed several eye witnesses.
But the witnesses weren’t very helpful to Ellie’s case.
Most of them wanted to say that Ellie was to blame.
We arranged for a specialist barrister to review the evidence.
He thought Ellie’s case was very difficult and wasn’t keen to continue.
But in a leg amputation claim such as this we weren’t willing to just drop her case.
We opened negotiations with the insurers for the driver and our client reached a 50-50 settlement with them.
Ellie had suffered catastrophic injuries to her lower left leg and had to have a below-knee amputation.
As a result she was away from work for many months and eventually had to change her career.
We obtained expert medical evidence about her injury, her employment prospects and her housing needs.
The insurers agreed to negotiate once we presented all the evidence.
Ellie eventually accepted a settlement worth £322,000.
Both Ellie and us were delighted with the settlement in a case where there had been a real risk that she might have got nothing.
(Our client’s name has been change & the figures slightly adjusted for inflation).