Man from Leicestershire involved in road traffic accident
Our client, Mr Michael Gallagher, was involved in a road traffic accident in July 2009.
Mr Gallagher was travelling along Ashby Road in Ibstock when another driver pulled out from a side road in from of him, colliding with Mr Gallagher’s vehicle.
Repair documents from the incident noted that Mr Gallagher’s vehicle had suffered from damage to the front bumper, wing, headlamp and wheel trim, costing almost £500 to repair.
Following the accident, Mr Gallagher developed pain and clicking in his neck, as well as bruising to his right shoulder and his right wrist. He also developed anxieties about travelling by car, was nervous and irritable. He was examined by a General Practitioner nine weeks after the accident who concluded that Mr Gallagher had sustained genuine injuries in the accident and diagnosed soft tissue injuries to his neck, right shoulder and right wrist, as well as shock.
The medical expert noted that the neck and shoulder injuries and psychological symptoms had resolved two weeks post accident and provided a prognosis for recovery from his right wrist injury within six months of the accident.
The other driver’s insurer denied liability, alleging that Mr Gallagher had been indicating to turn left into the side road and that he had driven into collision with their insured’s car when it was just a few inches over the give way marking of the junction. Despite the car damage documentation and evidence from the medical expert showing otherwise, the insurer also alleged that it was a low velocity impact that would not have resulted in injury.
The medical expert stated that Mr Gallagher’s injuries were consistent with his account of the accident, there were no disparities between Mr Gallagher’s account and his clinical findings and that he appeared to be a reliable witness. Mr Gallagher’s account of the vents was also corroborated by the car damage documentation.
The other driver’s insurers did ultimately accept responsibility and paid Mr Gallagher £1400 compensation for his injuries, pain and suffering.
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