Mark Bowman acted for Chinese nationals, Mr and Mrs Shen, following a road traffic collision that took place in London in December 2005. Mr and Mrs Shen were on holiday in London and were seated in the back of a taxi when the Defendant negligently drove out from a side road, colliding with their vehicle.
Mr Shen suffered orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries and Mrs Shen suffered severe facial and head injuries as well as a psychiatric injury.
Liability was admitted and we were able to secure early interim payments on behalf of both clients.
The claim was however complicated due to Mrs Shen not speaking any English and Mr Shen only speaking limited English.
We were able to arrange for the clients, who had returned home to Shanghai following their discharge from hospital in London, to be examined by medical experts in Hong Kong as opposed to them having to return to England, which they were reluctant to do due to their previous experience.
Following exchange of the reports we were able to secure the combined sum of £75,000 in damages for Mr and Mrs Shen. We acted under the terms of a No Win No Fee Agreement (CFA) and Mr and Mrs Shen did not pay any legal fees or costs.
Following the conclusion of the claim Mr Shen commented:
"This taxi accident happened to us nearly four years ago when we were travelling in London. The after effects can still be found on us physically and psychologically. The accident was a terrible experience.
"Initially we had a very tough time, however, we were then lucky to have the opportunity to instruct you, a very professional law firm to help us. Mark Bowman, our solicitor, gave us huge support and welcome professional advice throughout the claim.
"Mark's service and frequent warm contact and care had brought a calm, warm, safe feeling to our hearts. It really helped to take us out of that horrible memory of the accident. Due to his work we were able to secure a good settlement for which we are very grateful.