Following a four-year legal battle, a motorcyclist who lost his leg after being involved in a collision with a car has won a lump sum of £640,000 in compensation.
The accident happened when a car pulled out in front of the motorcyclist without warning. In hospital, the unnamed man was treated for head injuries, deep lacerations, fractured ribs, a punctured lung and an open fracture of the tibia.
The man underwent a series of operations on his leg in two different hospitals. Despite the doctors’ best efforts, his leg became infected and he had to have it amputated below the knee. The stump also became infected, however, so he had to return to hospital for a further amputation above the knee.
When a claim was brought against the driver of the car, the insurers initially admitted liability. Once court proceedings were started, however, they attempted to withdraw their admission, but the attempt failed and the court found the driver 100 per cent liable for the motorcyclist’s injuries.
After further delaying tactics on the part of the insurers, the claim was eventually settled and the man was awarded £640,000 to compensate him for loss of earnings and to provide for his care and housing needs. He also secured annual payments to cover the costs of future care.
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