Sarah was riding to work, following her usual route, when a council tipper lorry turned across her path leaving her with life changing injuries. She was an incredible, stoic individual who despite all the odds, undergoing a number of surgeries and an intensive rehabilitation programme has made an incredible recovery. We had a number of hurdles to overcome in the case including a tibial plateau malformation, moving jobs, missing police evidence amongst others but fought tooth and nail to provide for Sarah along the way and secure a six figure sum in compensation.
Sarah wrote in to tell her story in her own words below.
"I was a competitive cyclist, cycling to work in April 2013 when a van driver turned into my path, having not seen me. I had sustained a severe tibial plateau fracture as well as a fibia fracture, along with other bruising. I knew as soon as the incident happened that the outcome would be bad due to the pain and the instant inability to move my leg very much. I ended up having a lengthy surgery and then spent three nights in St John and Elizabeth’s hospital before returning home in a full leg back-slab cast. It was difficult and painful to move around, particularly in the early days and I needed a lot of physical support from my family and friends – the trauma from the incident had caused a lot of soft tissue damage as well, so I was pretty immobile for a while and on crutches for around 4-5 months. Immobility and discomfort ended up meaning I had to take two months off work. I subsequently went back almost full time, with a lot of time off for physio, rehab and avoiding the rush hour on the way home for the following few months.
Jenny at Fieldfisher was recommended to me by one of my cycling teammates, and luckily for me got involved very early on in my rehabilitation. Jenny came out to see me at home for our first meeting, despite us living right the way out in Richmond, which I thought was a very supportive start.
Fieldfisher were instrumental in making sure I had the funds available to get back to as normal a life as possible, for example making sure I had interim funds available from the defendant such that I could use taxis to get to my appointments, and eventually, back to work, as it wasn’t possible for me to use public transport, or even make it all the way down to the station from our house.
Over the next two years I had a further two surgeries, firstly to remove the metalwork, and then secondly, to re-break and re-set the tibial plateau, as it had healed incorrectly. Again, Fieldfisher were instrumental in the latter, as the issue was only identified by the independent surgeon that Fieldfisher had appointed identified that the leg was at a bad angle. Again, I needed a lot of support in the recovery period, aided again by Jenny making sure I had sufficient interim funds to enable a return to work as soon as possible. Due to the three operations I had to have it took quite a while to complete the case, but once the third operation had been done and the desired outcome achieved (and checked again by the independent surgeon), Fieldfisher managed to tie up the case and achieve a compensation sum I was very happy with, very quickly."
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
"The group is praised for its commitment to 'demystifying the legal process' while this is a firm for which the client has always been a priority"
Fieldfisher has successfully been recognised as an "Occupation and Asbestos Disease Specialists" Fieldfisher are now recognised as assessors
Charities we support
Hugely successful case management day focuses on best practices for clients
Partners Jane Weakley and Anna Bond spoke at a well-attended case management day this week about collaborative working practices to achieve the best outcome for clients.
New NHS sepsis guidelines will prompt earlier diagnosis and save lives
Following a huge amount of work by the UK Sepsis Trust, in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians and NHS England, new treatment protocols for suspected sepsis have been issued by NHS England.
Client Becky Tyler speaks at Parallel Worlds conference about cerebral palsy and videogames
Hugely talented client Becky Tyler gave a presentation on eye gaze gaming and Minecraft at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the Parallel Worlds conference.
£30m birth injury settlement for delays at Newham General resulting in cerebral palsy
Following approval at the Royal Courts of Justice in November 2018, Jane Weakley has settled a long-running birth injury case for more than £30m against Barts Health NHS Trust, concerning Newham General Hospital.
Bridget Collier leads Fieldfisher sponsored walk for Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group Charity
Fieldfisher represents parents of Yousef Al-Kharboush who died in ITH Pharma contaminated baby feed case