Sintons supports cyclist after hit-and-run
A cyclist left seriously injured in a hit-and-run has been supported in rebuilding his life by specialists at Sintons, whose expertise enabled him to secure provisional damages with the option to re-open the case pending future health problems as a result of the incident.
The man was cycling one Sunday morning in 2019 before planning to return to attend Church with his wife – but he did not return as planned. As his wife prepared to go out to look for him, police arrived at their home to tell her he had been involved in a serious road collision.
Having been struck at speed, the car then drove off from the scene, although was traced through CCTV cameras on the road. He has since been prosecuted for the incident.
The man, a Polish national who has lived and worked in the UK since 2006, was left with an array of injuries including a brain injury.
He turned to Sintons’ Neurotrauma team to help him secure the rehabilitation he needed, on the strength of its national reputation for its work in brain injury and dedicated team to support Polish claimants.
Partner Kate Oliver, an APIL brain injury accredited lawyer, supported the man in his case.
Having quickly secured an interim payment to help cover his essential ongoings while unable to work, and to fund his rehabilitation and a case manager, Sintons settled the case taking into account his loss of earnings as a result of his incident.
Sintons were also able to secure provisional damages for their client, meaning the case can be re-opened in future to obtain more compensation if required.
Provisional damages, which are rarely awarded, were secured in this case on the strength of expert medical evidence which confirmed that as a result of the type of brain injury the man suffered, he would remain at an increased life-long risk of developing post traumatic epilepsy.
“Our client in this case was left with serious injuries, the full impact of which may not be realised for years to come, which is why the award of provisional damages is so significant,” says Kate.
“While regularly pleaded, they are not often awarded, but thankfully our client came to us on the strength of our reputation and renowned expertise in complex brain injury work. As an APIL accredited lawyer with years of experience in the field of Neurotrauma, I was able to identify the unique circumstances of this case and translate that into a very good outcome for our client.
“Happily, he is progressing well in his recovery and has managed to return to work, albeit in a reduced capacity with less hours, but the rehabilitation we enabled him to access at an early stage is delivering big rewards for him and his family.
“This case again highlights the importance of instructing specialist, expert lawyers to handle claims of this type, who have the capability to secure the very best outcome and the dedication to fight hard to achieve that.”