£6,800 compensation for abdominal injury
The Claimant was awarded damages of £6,800 for pain, suffering and loss of amenity after suffering an abdominal internal organ injury.
Details of Injury
The male Claimant was aged 12 at the time of the accident. He had been riding his bicycle when he hit an uneven kerb stone that was protruding which caused the handlebars of the bicycle to penetrate the Claimant's abdomen.
He was taken to hospital after the accident where scans and x-rays were carried out and he was diagnosed with a five centimetre deep wound to right hand side of his abdomen. The wound was stitched and dressed and he was discharged from hospital the following day.
The Claimant's stitches were removed ten days after the accident but the pain in his right side continued for four to five months after the accident.
He also experienced pain in his lower back which was diagnosed as a soft tissue injury for which he was prescribed with pain killers.
The Claimant became very nervous about riding his bicycle and his confidence was affected.
His injuries meant he was not able to take part in any sports for two months and was absent from school for six weeks.
When the Claimant was examined fifteen months after the accident he was no longer suffering with any pain. He was left a scar which also had clear marks from the sutures. Although it was expected that the scar would fade slightly the Claimant was advised that it would be permanent. The Claimant was not concerned about the appearance of the scar.
The pain he had been experiencing in his back, although improved slightly, was still ongoing. A medico-legal expert advised that this was likely to continue until eighteen to twenty one months after the accident, and he also advised that the anxiety the Claimant was experiencing would last for twenty one to twenty four months after the accident.
Conclusion and Settlement
The parties entered into negotiations as to the level of damages and that matter was finally heard at a Child Settlement Approval Hearing two years after the date of the accident.
An award for general damages of £6,800 was approved.