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Personal injury specialist Richard Earle earns £42,500 for victim with serious injuries after driver jumps traffic light

BR was 33 years of age, when he was struck and knocked down by a motorcar whilst he was on his way to work. BR was attempting to cross the road at traffic lights as he was walking to the station. The lights were green in his favour but the driver jumped the lights colliding with BR and knocking him to the ground.

As a result BR suffered serious injuries including fractures to the orbital sockets of his right eye, right cheek and nose as well as a head injury. BR subsequently underwent surgery by way of nose straightening but made a remarkable recovery returning to his job as a head-hunter within three weeks. The injuries led to permanent facial scarring leading to loss of self esteem and depression. 

There were difficulties in tracing the driver who had changed his address and similarly, difficulties in locating his insurers who initially denied all knowledge but subsequently accepted that the driver was validly insured.
The driver underwent a safety driver's course in lieu of prosecution which is akin to a conviction for careless driving but it was anticipated that his insurers might raise issues of contributory negligence.

Our personal injury expert, Richard Earle sought medical reports from a craniofacial/plastic reconstruction surgeon as well as a psychologist. Pending receipt of those reports the drivers insurers made a Part 36 Offer of £25,000 (this can have adverse costs consequences to a client if they fail to "beat the offer" by securing a higher award of damages at trial) which could have put BR at risk on costs had there been a finding of contributory negligence.

The medical reports were received and disclosed along with a counter Part 36 Offer (this can similarly have adverse costs consequences to the insurers along with the risk of higher damages/interest payable) of £42,500 (net of CRU) which was accepted by the insurers and the case settled on that basis together with payment of BR's legal costs. 

After the case was settled, BR had this to say about Richard:

"Although Richard came highly recommended by another accomplished tort lawyer, I was still pleasantly surprised by, and grateful for, the diligence, attention to detail and strategic acumen with which he handled all aspects of my case.

From our initial consultation, at which he forensically reconstructed the accident and carefully explained the process that lay ahead, to his perseverance in the face of obstructive clerical errors, and the regular updates that reassured me things were moving in the right direction; he managed to provide dispassionate legal analysis without ever overlooking the emotional context.

His grasp of the specifics of my case and knowledge of the broader legal landscape were reflected in his choice of medical experts. It is a mark of the confidence he inspired that I trusted him implicitly when he advised a counter-offer, which was immediately accepted by the other side. The greatest compliment I can pay Richard and Fieldfisher is that I felt I was in safe hands from the moment I stepped into the office to the day I received the settlement."