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Case Study

MIB pays 7-figure settlement for woman who lost leg in hit and run

Mark Bowman was instructed by Keely after she was let down by her previous solicitors, who failed to obtain any substantial interim payments or progress her case.

Keely was a passenger with a friend in a taxi on her way home when she saw an overturned car on the side of the road. Her friend managed to get the driver and the passenger out of the car while Keely phoned 999. When she saw oncoming headlights, she ran towards them for help, using the torch on her phone. Realising that the speeding lorry driver wasn’t going to stop, she tried to get out of the way but the lorry mounted the verge and ran over my leg and just drove off.

Keely

As a result of the impact, Keely required below knee amputation to her right leg. She remained in hospital initially for two months but due to various complications, she has required 28 operations thus far. In addition, she sustained a head injury and suffered a significant psychological injury.

The previous solicitors were unable to settle the claim and only obtained interim payments of £35,000. Once Mark was instructed, he immediately obtained a sizeable interim payment and instructed the appropriate experts so that the claim could be properly quantified. We instructed a new case manager to improve Keely's rehabilitation and ensured that renovations were made to her existing property as a stop-gap until her case settled and she could purchase suitable single level accommodation.

Evidence was obtained from numerous experts to ensure that Keely would have access to state of the art prosthetics, aids and equipment and to quantify the care she would need for the rest of her life. Further evidence was obtained to assess the career that Keely would have been able to enjoy but for her injuries and to quantify her loss of earnings.

Following swift negotiations with the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB),  the claim settled for £2.75 million, including a smaller lump sum and annual payments to ensure Keely receives the care she requires for the rest of her life. The yearly payments for care will increase as Keely ages and her care needs become greater.

At the end of the case Keely said: "I really can’t express or thank Mark Bowman and his team enough for their dedication and support during my case and because of a successful outcome I’m am now able to live my new life. I just would like to say to anyone who needs specialist legal help, Mark will give 100%."

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For further information about road traffic accident claims and amputation claims, please call Mark Bowman on 020 7861 4043 or email mark.bowman@fieldfisher.com.

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