£50,000 for woman knocked over at Zebra crossing

The female claimant was awarded £50,000 for pain and suffering and loss of amenity when she was knocked down on a zebra crossing, suffering multiple injuries.

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Case details

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Accident circumstances

The claimant was aged 29 at the time of the accident was injured when she was knocked down by the defendant who was riding a motorbike. The claimant was thrown in the air for several meters before landing on the road. She was knocked unconscious as a result.

Details of injury

The claimant was taken to hospital by ambulance where it was confirmed she had suffered an acute subdural haematoma over the left frontal and parietal lobes, a fracture on the right hemisacrum, a fracture of the left superior articular facet of C7, a displaced fracture of the superior and inferior pubic rami on the right side and diastasis of the symphysis pubis. She also suffered cuts and bruising to her torso, limbs and face.

Due to the claimant's head injury she was transferred to a specialist hospital for surgery. A plate was inserted into her place which remained in situ. The claimant remained in hospital for three weeks following the accident before being discharged. She stayed with her family for six weeks but had difficulty with moving and so required assistance with all daily activities.

The claimant began physiotherapy and continued with this for four months. She was due to get married four months after the accident but her injuries impacted on the preparations and this led to increased stress.

A year after the initial accident the claimant suffered a stress fracture to the left femoral neck. She was left with scarring to her head, left shoulder, pelvis, lower leg and right ankle.

She was absent from work for three months and initially returned on a part time basis. It was not until five months after the accident that she was able to return to full time work.

The claimant was a keen sports woman but could not continue with her sports following the accident. It took her some time to return to her pre-accident ability.

She and her husband also planned to have children in the future, however, as a result of the injuries to her pelvis she would require a caesarean section.

Conclusion and Settlement

A settlement could not be agreed between the claimant and defendant and the matter went before the Court. The claimant was aged 31 at the date of trial when the Court ordered that £50,000 be paid in damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher