£7,000 for neck injury and anxiety following collision

Compensation of £7000 was awarded in 2012 for an injury to a child that included neck injuries and travel anxiety following a road traffic accident.

Neck Injury details:

The Claimant, a 10 year old girl, was a passenger in a car involved in a collision.  Following the accident the Claimant's mother thought she would be able to look after her at home.  As a result the Claimant wasn't examined by a hospital doctor or her GP. 

The following day the Claimant exhibited symptoms typical of a whiplash injury with stiffness in the neck and chest region and also bruising caused by the seatbelt the Claimant was wearing at the time.

The Claimant took regular painkillers to help with the pain which was at its worst for a period of 2 weeks after the accident.  During this time the Claimant had difficulty with everyday activities and felt very restricted in terms of what she could do.  Sneezing and coughing were particularly painful.

After 2 weeks the symptoms started to improve although it was 2 months before the Claimant saw any significant recovery from the injuries.  Even then some symptoms continued.

The Claimant was examined by a medical expert for the purposes of the claim.  The examination took place approximately 26 months after the accident.  Whilst the injuries had at that point for the most part settled down the Claimant did complain of some continuing discomfort in the back of her neck for which she was still taking paracetamol. 

It was noted that these symptoms were of a minor nature and would settle down with time.

In addition to the physical injuries sustained the Claimant also suffered anxiety and nightmares which continued for several years.

Allegation:

The Defendant had been driving without due care and attention thereby causing the collision and resulting in the injuries sustained by the Claimant.

Final Settlement:

The Claimant instructed solicitors to act on her behalf in making a claim for personal injury.

The matter progressed to a Court hearing.  Because of the Claimant's age the Court was required to approve any settlement.

£7,000 was awarded by the Court for pain suffering and loss of amenity.