Road traffic accident: car accident

Mr H was involved in a road traffic accident which occurred when he was stationary and the Defendant drove into collision with the rear of his van.  The Defendant admitted liability at the scene of the accident confirming that he was looking right at the time of the collision instead of looking forward and assumed Mr H and other stationary vehicles had moved forward.

As a result of the collision Mr H was shunted forward into a stationary vehicle which was in front of him.  The weather on the day was dry and clear and Mr H was wearing his seatbelt. 

The insurers for the Defendant admitted liability for the accident.
 
As a result of the accident Mr H started to experience a niggling pain in his left shoulder and neck approximately 90 minutes after the accident.  He took painkillers for the remainder of the day so he could continue with his work.

Mr H attended his GP the following day who examined him and diagnosed a soft tissue injury to his left shoulder which radiated across the top of his back into his neck.  Mr H described to the symptoms to his lower back as feeling as though somebody was intermittently sticking pins into it.  Mr H's GP advised that he continue to take ibuprofen and paracetamol and to keep moving to stop his shoulder, back and neck from seizing up. 

Mr H returned to his GP again as he felt that his pain had worsened.  The symptoms he experienced was left shoulder pain which radiated across to his right shoulder, Mr H also continued to experience a pins and needles sensation in his arm and pain to his middle and upper back.  Following this appointment, Mr H was referred for physiotherapy treatment.

Mr H attended physiotherapy treatment through the NHS.

Following an examination, the expert confirmed within his report that as a result of the injuries sustained Mr H attended his GP on 2 occasions.  He was referred for rehabilitation and underwent a course of approximately 6 sessions of physiotherapy treatment.

It was concluded within the report that Mr H sustained an injury to his cervical spine and thoracic spine both as a result of the accident.  The expert considered that both symptoms were resolved within 8 months of the accident.

We successfully managed to negotiate a settlement of Mr H’s claim in the total sum of £2532.33 which included compensation for his injuries and reimbursement of financial losses.

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