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£135,000 damages recovered for injured cyclist within four months

Mark Bowman recovered damages for Richard, a cyclist, who was involved in a serious road traffic accident in central London, on 16 January 2011.

Richard, a paediatric doctor at The Evelina Children's Hospital in London, was cycling to work when he was hit by a car and knocked from his bicycle.

Richard was taken by ambulance to St Thomas' Hospital in London. He was diagnosed as suffering from a depressed fracture of the left tibia and the lateral tibial plateau.

Richard required a lengthy operation in which a metal plate and 8 metal screws were inserted into his left knee, and shards of bone, putty and glue were used to build up the hole in his tibia.

Richard remained an in-patient for 3 days before being discharged in a wheelchair.

Over the following months Richard required extensive care and support, before being able to return to full time work in June 2011.

Richard will require a further operation in September or October 2011 in which the metal plate and metal screws will be removed from his left knee. 
There is a risk that Richard will suffer from osteoarthritis and that he will require a knee replacement operation in the future. He will require further physiotherapy in the future.
Following discussions with the defendant insurers in which an initial offer of £75,000 was received, we were able to secure a settlement of £135,000. Richard, which he was delighted to accept in full and final settlement of his claim.
At the conclusion of the claim Richard said:
"As a person who was initially reluctant to seek compensation I was pleasantly surprised by the whole process.
"Mark Bowman and the team ensured I had complete clarity at every step of the way.
"The long protracted case that I feared never materialised and the time consuming form-filling I expected was non-existent. Mark came highly recommended and lived up to his excellent reputation."

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