Published in CV Driver October 2015. Continuing his series of articles, solicitor Steven Hinchliffe (owner of the truckers’ “go to” Personal Injury specialists HINCHLIFFES SOLICITORS) highlights another type of Accident suffered by professional drivers and their colleagues, where his firm has successfully secured compensation for the injured victim. All of his articles appear on the firm’s website at www.hinchliffes.co.uk in the “Latest News” blog link on the homepage. To read them (or any page on the website) in your preferred language simply select the Google Translate feature that appears at the top right of each page of the website. CASE HISTORY How the Accident Happened In November 2005 a truck driver on the M6 stopped due to traffic ahead and was struck from behind by another vehicle, pushing him onto the hard shoulder. The Injuries The driver suffered injuries to his neck and shoulders, which were particularly painful for the initial 3 week period and affected his work. He also suffered bruising across his stomach, which settled down after a couple of weeks, and he made a full recovery from all of his symptoms within 4 months of the accident. How the Claim Progressed This should have been a straightforward claim capable of being settled fairly quickly, as the driver’s injuries were thankfully not severe. However, the vehicle that ran into the back of him was owned by an Italian company and it was therefore necessary to establish who their insurers were and whether they had UK agents who could deal with the matter on their behalf. We had to initially liaise with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, who in turn had to liaise with their Italian counterparts to obtain details of the company’s insurance arrangements. This took several months, but we were finally able to direct the claim to a UK based insurance office. They then had to liaise with the Italian company, and when they finally came back to us it was to allege that their vehicle had also been struck from behind by another lorry, and it was that driver who was ultimately at fault. We therefore had to track down his insurers and see what they had to say. Both insurers discussed the circumstances of the accident between themselves, which led to the second insurers accepting responsibility for what had happened. By now it was almost the first anniversary of the accident! Once we had finalised the medical evidence and details of the driver’s modest accident related financial losses, we could then value the claim. We put to the second insurers the terms upon which he was willing to settle his claim, but they were in no hurry to consider these and to push the claim along we therefore started Court proceedings. As we had hoped, this prompted negotiations to begin and the claim then settled. The Compensation Recovered The driver accepted total compensation of £1,375.00. PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM SOLICITORS:- If you have suffered any form of accident or contracted an industrial disease contact personal injury claims specialists Hinchliffes Solicitors for immediate legal advice, to find out if you are entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. All cases are conducted on a No Win No Fee and No Risk basis. Call now on Freephone 0800 138 1348 or by landline 01684 580900 to speak direct to one of our specialist claims lawyers or go to our Start Your Claim page to submit details of your accident compensation claim online. If you would like to know what your injury claim may be worth, please go to our Value Your Injury page. Confused by the claims process? Please look at our extensive Information Library.
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