Our client, a trainee doctor, was involved in a road traffic accident when her car was hit by a lorry causing her to suffer neck, back and shoulder injuries. After a year with a different solicitor, she felt she wasn’t getting good representation and advice and therefore chose to transfer her case to Metcalfes personal injury team on the recommendation from a friend, an Orthopaedic Surgeon.

After ensuring that we provided her with access to excellent diagnostic assessments and treatment, we immediately looked to gather expert medical evidence from specialist spinal and upper limb surgeons as well as a psychologist and a pain specialist in order to build a better picture of the effects of the accident.

While there were no fractures involved, the client had suffered soft tissue injuries which made the case more complex as her pain might have developed from natural causes, rather than the accident.

Our calculation of the compensation was based on a number of factors, including the financial loss to our client as a result of the delay in her qualification as a doctor, the prospect of her having to work part time on a permanent basis due to the pain and discomfort and further aspects such as the cost of care and equipment needed to continue with her day to day tasks, and to care for a family in future.

Although our valuation of the claim amounted to over £900,000, the Defendant’s first offer was only £300,000. After further negotiations, a settlement was agreed at £820,000.

Counsel in the case referred to this as “a fantastic result for lead lawyer Kay McCluskey personally in that she negotiated more than (Counsel’s) best valuation”.