£16,500 awarded for a knee injury in a road accident
The claimant suffered whiplash, affecting her neck and spine. In addition however there was an injury to the right knee.
At the time of the accident the claimant already had a degenerative illness in the left knee and it was found that the accident accelerated that injury by a period of 6 years.
The injury had been caused because the claimant had hit the dashboard of the car with both her knees during the accident. It was some time before the claimant was freed from the vehicle which left the claimant frightened and caused longer term problems with depression and also anxiety when the claimant had to travel particularly around driving.
Following the accident the claimant had to take 3 weeks off work but there were then further absences as a result of surgery to the claimant's knee.
The injuries also impacted on the claimant's social activities. The claimant had been a regular at the gym prior to the accident. The injuries also limited her interaction with her grandchildren. Around the house more support was needed from others for tasks which the claimant would have done previously.
The claimant was unable to agree damages with the defendant's solicitors and the matter therefore was referred to the Manchester County Court which awarded £16,500 for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.