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McIntosh Fleming Lawyers, specialise in no win, no fee accident claims, and we guarantee that you keep all of your compensation without any deduction for our charges.Get in touch with Derby Accident Claim Solicitors by e-mailing gary.dickie@btinternet.com , or ring us on 01332 518135 .

Case Study

The claimant sustained a fracture to the neck of her right femur when she was knocked over by a large dog. She required operative treatment with plates and screws, and stayed in hospital for 11 days. She would have remained there longer but for an MRSA infection. She underwent physiotherapy while in hospital, but made sufficient recovery afterwards so as not to require outpatient physiotherapy. She was discharged with two elbow crutches, which she kept for three months. She required full-time, live-in care for six weeks. For one month after discharge she used one elbow crutch. She started walking with the aid of a stick, although only at times, as she could otherwise walk one mile unaided. She used painkillers for a few weeks after the accident, and gradually reduced her dosage over three months. She experienced difficulty walking up and down stairs without a handrail, and with kneeling, due to unrelated arthritis in the knee. Before the accident the claimant had been an active member of the local community and enjoyed country walks. While she did not abandon these activities, she suffered a considerable loss of confidence, which the judge believed amounted to a considerable loss of amenity. She was restricted in her domestic chores, having to increase the hours worked by her cleaner into the foreseeable future. By two-and-a-half years post-accident, she no longer suffered pain in her right hip. General damages £14k.

Case Study 2

The claimant sustained an injury to her left knee when she slipped on a patch of water while she was a customer in the defendant’s restaurant. She visited her doctor a week after the accident, complaining of pain, swelling and bruising, which mostly settled after four weeks. She underwent four sessions of physiotherapy. A clicking within the knee developed but was improving at the time of an examination at eight months post-accident. The claimant had difficulty driving and walking up steps. An MRI scan carried out at 15 months post-accident revealed that all menisci, cruciates, ligaments and articular surfaces were intact, although there was a small amount of fluid on the knee. Exercises were recommended and undertaken, and a full recovery was expected within two-and-a-half years of the accident. At trial the claimant complained of occasional pain and stiffness, and stated that she continued to experience problems with climbing up steps and with changing gear while driving.General damages £3.5k.

Case Study 3

The claimant sustained a lower back disc protrusion with associated nerve root problems as a result of a workplace lifting accident. Up to and including the time of the trial, he experienced pain on the right side of his lumbo-sacral spine and right-sided sciatica extending to the right foot. The pain was almost constant and was aggravated by twisting, bending or lifting, to the extent that the claimant could not even lift a full kettle of water without pain. When aggravated, the increased pain would last up to two days. It woke the claimant early in the morning and left him unable to sit still for long, stand still or run. The claimant preferred to kneel rather than sit. He found driving difficult but could ride a motorcycle. A trip around the world that he had planned before the accident was made much less enjoyable by his injuries. Medical opinion was that there was an increased likelihood of degenerative disease at the lumbo-sacral level, and that the claimant was permanently unfit for strenuous exercise and heavy manual work, such as had been required in his pre-accident employment. He could manage only semi-sedentary work. He had nurtured an ambition to become a firefighter, which he might have been able to fulfil but for the accident. However, medical evidence was that there was a chance that he would have developed similar back symptoms in any event.General damages £19k.

Case Study 4

The claimant sustained a soft tissue injury to his right knee after it twisted when his foot became stuck in a hole in a car park owned by the local authority. He attended his local A&E department the day after the fall. No bony injury was diagnosed, but there was tenderness to the neck of the fibula. The claimant attended physiotherapy for a number of months following the accident and was absent from his part-time job as a bus driver for a period of three weeks. He was unable to cycle or swim and put on weight as a result of his inability to exercise. On examination at two years post-accident, he told the consultant surgeon that he could not sleep on his right side as a result of aching in the knee. The medial collateral ligament in the knee was tender. Valgus strain caused pain, but varus strain was pain-free. The prognosis was for the residual symptoms to settle within four to five months of the examination. At trial, the claimant stated that his symptoms had extended beyond this period but had since resolved. Damages were assessed on the basis of two-and-a-half years of pain, suffering and loss of amenity.General damages £3.8k.

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