£5,000 compensation for knee injuries from road accident
A 42 year-old man was awarded £5,000 compensation for injuries including post-traumatic bursitis arising from a road traffic accident two years earlier.
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The claimant was a minibus driver. In the course of his work he was involved in a road traffic accident. As a result of the accident he suffered injuries including whiplash to his neck and back. His chest and right knee soft tissues were injured.
Immediately after the accident the man felt pain in his neck, back and knee. The neck and back pains were acute for approximately two weeks. He took painkillers to ease the symptoms.
After four months he still suffered daily neck and back pains but at a reduced intensity. He experienced occasional headaches.
The headaches were exacerbated by bruising over the bridge of his nose and around his eyes. He felt unable to breathe properly through his nose. The bruising had resolved by two weeks after the accident. The congestion continued but gradually improved.
His chest was bruised in the accident by his seatbelt. The symptoms eased gradually and recovered completely within six to eight weeks.
The claimant's knee suffered a blow in the accident. His knee was immediately swollen and painful. It was bruised and remained swollen for several weeks. The pains worsened and he was diagnosed with post-traumatic bursitis in his knee.
The bursitis resolved but four months after the accident his knee still felt tight.
The claimant was off work for two weeks following the accident. For a further two weeks he was restricted to office work instead of driving.
Medical evidence suggested his neck, back and knee pain would resolve between 12 and 18 months after the accident. His headaches should recover in the same time. The congestion feeling would likely clear completely within 12 months of the accident date.
It was alleged that the defendant was negligent in that they failed to control their vehicle properly causing a collision with the claimant's minibus.
As a result the claimant suffered injuries to his neck, back, ribs and knee.
He developed bursitis in his knee following the initial injury.
The injuries prevented the claimant from working for two weeks. Thereafter he was on light duties for a further two weeks.
Conclusion and settlement
Liability was not admitted and the matter progressed to a court hearing.
Compensation of £5,000 was accepted by way of a court award.
The whole of the settlement was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity."
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.