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Negotiations Settle Car Crash Compensation Settlement

June 11th, 2016 | By licnewsadmin

A man, who suffers from psychological trauma after his car was involved in a fatal car crash, has been compensation £30,000 for his difficulties

The tragic accident occurred in the 8th March 2012, when Warren Smith – a fifty-two year-old man from Lancashire – was driving from Burnley to Rochdale. However, along the A671 Bacup Road, his car collided head-on with another vehicle as it was making a  sharp turn – on the incorrect side of the road.

The other driver – who was determined to be at fault in the accident – was fatally injured. Warren was rushed to hospital, suffering from multiple head, chest and back injuries. Since the accident, Warren has not been able to return to work as a contracts manager, as it requires him to drive for long distances, which is no longer possible with his injuries.

However, Warren also sustained extensive psychological trauma as a result of the accident. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet when he first tried to claim compensation for his injuries, the negligent driver’s insurers did not take his psychological damage into account. Warren was told that negotiations would likely end in a £3,000 settlement.

Warren consulted a second solicitor and was told that he could submit a new claim that would account for all of his injuries. Renewed negotiations proceeded, which lead to a settlement of £30,000. This will help pay for Warren’s therapy.

In a comment to the Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen newspaper after the announcement of the claim, Warren said that  “People should not underestimate the consequences of car accidents and I am lucky to be alive. I am still haunted by the events of that day and my injuries are a constant reminder of the fact that someone died in the crash. But I am incredibly relieved that I now have access to the care and support that I need to move forward with my life.”

 


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