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Cyclist awarded £105K after being hit by a car

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Leg Injuries Road Traffic Accidents 

A cyclist who was left wheelchair-bound for four months after being hit by a car has been awarded £105,000 in compensation. The 48-year-old, who remains unnamed, had been cycling on a roundabout near his home in Corfe Mullen when a car sped past him, knocking him off his bike. Following the accident in May 2010, the cyclist was forced to spend 10 days in hospital recovering; he then spent the next four months in a wheelchair.

The driver’s insurance company originally offered the claimant a compensation package of £56,000. However, his lawyer pursued the claim for further damages and saw the injured man walk away with £105,000 plus costs.

‘plate could not be removed for a further three years’

It was heard that the man suffered severe injuries in the accident. He sustained a fracture in his lower left leg but was unable to undergo surgery because of the severity of the swelling. When his leg was in a fit state to be operated on, a plate was inserted in his leg from the ankle to the knee where four screws stabilised the fracture. The plate could not be removed for a further three years after the operation due to recurring problems and swelling – all resulting in additional time off work. An MRI scan revealed that he had a full thickness tear in the posterior cruciate ligament with joint swelling. July 2013 saw the man undergo further surgery to reconstruct the ligaments.

Despite a long legal battle, forensic accounting evidence showed the severity of his injuries and the impact that they had had on his life.

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