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Case Study

Road Traffic Accident leads to double leg amputation

Alexander (Sandy) was tragically injured in a road traffic accident while walking along his local high street.

He instructed Paul McNeil who successfully negotiated a seven-figure settlement for the husband and father of one. On the morning of Friday 15th October 2010, Sandy’s birthday, he was walking along Silver Street in Lyme Regis when a 7.5 tonne Royal Mail lorry mounted the pavement outside the Mariners Hotel

The Lorry propelled Sandy through the hotel window causing him to sustain serious, life threatening injuries. Royal Mail denied liability from the outset, arguing that the driver suffered from a sudden seizure, or black-out, which impaired his ability to control his vehicle immediately prior to the collision. If this argument was successful, Sandy would not have obtained compensation for his devastating injuries.

We obtained quality expert advice from a neurologist and accident reconstruction expert which demonstrated that the driver was very unlikely to have suffered such a fit before the accident. Our case was that the fit occurred after the accident when the driver hit his head on the steering wheel.

The Claimant suffered extensive leg, head and shoulder injuries resulting in amputation of both legs. Sandy, was studying to be an accountant and was revising for his final exams. He hopes to complete his exams at his first available opportunity.

Sandy is now undergoing an intensive course of physiotherapy and will be able to move in to a purpose built bungalow, and afford a state-of-the-art prosthesis, thanks to the compensation Paul McNeil secured on his behalf.

At the end of the case Sandy commented:

“I was very happy to have someone of Paul’s calibre on my side. He is a great professional and always kept me in the loop. He is very considerate and the wellbeing of his client is always his priority. He managed to secure a very good outcome on my behalf. I can now focus on my rehabilitation and getting the best help that I will need to rebuild my life.”