£50k awarded to woman knocked down by motorcyclist
A 29 year old female actuary at the date of the accident received £50,000.00 compensation in an out of Court settlement for a serious hip injury when she was knocked down by a motorcyclist.
C, female, an actuary, aged 29 at the date of the accident and 31 at the date of settlement was injured when she was knocked down on a zebra crossing by the Defendant who was riding a motorbike. C was thrown several metres in the air before she landed on the road. She was knocked unconscious in the collision and was transferred by ambulance to hospital.
As a result of the accident, C suffered an acute subdural haematoma over the left frontal and parietal lobes, fracture of the left superior articular facet of C7 fracture of the right hemisacrum, a displaced fracture of the superior and inferior pubic rami on the right side involving the anterior column of the right acetabulum, diastasis of the symphysis pubis.
C also suffered bruising and cuts to her face, torso and limbs. Following initial assessment and treatment C was transferred to a specialist unit in another hospital for assessment of her head injury and for surgery to her pelvis.
C had treatment for her haematoma and had surgery to insert a plate into her pelvis which remained in situ. She was discharged with crutches here weeks after the accident.
Upon discharge C stayed with her family for six weeks, She was extremely weak, had difficulties with mobility and required assistance with all activities of daily living. C embarked upon a physiotherapy regime for four months after the accident.
C was due to get married four months after the accident and the accident and her injuries led o increased stress as it impacted on preparations for her wedding.
One year after the accident C suffered a further stress fracture to the left femoral neck which was entirely attributable to the accident. C was left with scarring to her pelvis, head, left shoulder, left lower leg and right ankle.
C remained off work for three months after which she returned on a part time basis. She was not able to return full time until five months after the accident.
C was a keen athlete participating in running, cycling, skiing, walking, horse riding and rock climbing. She was unable to continue with her sports following the accident and her return to her pre-accident athletic ability was very slow.
C and her husband were contemplating a family in the near future but as a result of her injuries to her pelvis she was unlikely to be able to have a natural birth and would require a caesarean section.