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£1m for young woman injured in road traffic collision

The defendant, in whose car SK was a passenger, was speeding, lost control of his vehicle and collided with a brick wall.

As a result, SK suffered multiple severe injuries including: bilateral haemothoraces, right orbital floor fracture, multiple rib fractures, fractures to her spine, a spinal cord injury and extensive scarring to her body. She also suffered a psychiatric injury.

The claimant remained in hospital for two months and underwent spinal fixation and insertion of a titanium plate to the right orbital floor.

She had been studying at university at the time of the collision and was forced to take two years out of her studies, spending 18 months at home with her family in Hong Kong to recover.

The defendant admitted liability in 2015, however quantifying the claim was complicated due to the crossover between care in the UK and Hong Kong. Numerous experts in both countries were involved in the claim to consider the SK's future prognosis.

When she returned to the UK, and while the claim was ongoing, SK completed her studies and achieved a 2:2 degree.

SK's injuries continue to impact her social life, including affecting her mobility, social activities and hobbies, heavier domestic tasks and relationships. She suffers bowel and urinary urgency, persistent pains and cramping in her left leg. She continues to suffer from double vision, disrupted sleep and prognosis physically is for deterioration in her 50's and beyond.

Following settlement, SK returned to Hong Kong. She said:

"As I recall, my first meeting with Mark was in the hospital, I was still in a very bad condition. He has been very kind and patient through the meeting even though I was not able to explain myself clearly. During the entire process, Mark and his team provided a great support and has been very responsive to any questions, they took time to explain every stage carefully to make sure I understand each process, and kept me abreast of any updates. Dealing with such a difficult and stressful situation were never easy, it was frustrating and helpless. I feel relieved that the claim has finally come to an end, and I really do appreciate Mark and his team’s great effort, they are very reliable, supportive and professional. I can’t thank you enough."

Contact us

For further information about road traffic accident compensation claims and spinal injury claims, please call Mark Bowman on 020 7861 4043 or email mark.bowman@fieldfisher.com or Rebecca Drew on 020 7861 4141 or email rebecca.drew@fieldfisher.com.

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