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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Cyclist hit by a car awarded £13,000 in compensation

    By David Brown on November 16, 2014

    Cyclist hit by a car awarded £13,000 in compensation

    A cyclist hit by a car and left with serious injuries has been awarded £13,000 in compensation. 57-year-old dad-of-two Martin Priestley was coming home from a night shift when he was hit by the car in Hucknall.

    He suffered injuries to his neck, head, knees, shoulder and lower back and was off work for eight months as a result. Although he wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, he was sporting a high-visibility jacket, and it was a bright morning, so he would have been easily visible to traffic.

    Mr Priestley was injured just weeks before the birth of his second son, and his partner Jane Cleaver struggled to look after him and manage, with a new baby on the way. Mr Priestley pursued a compensation claim against the driver’s insurers, who initially offered him £7,500 in compensation. The accident was avoidable and had a detrimental impact on his life and his family’s financial stability – he could easily have been killed in the crash.

    If you are a cyclist hit by a car, you may be able to make a claim for compensation – contact a personal injury lawyer for advice.

    Making a claim for compensation

    When it comes to personal injury claims, there is usually a three year time limit in place in which to make a claim, but it’s important not to miss the deadline. The best way to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim is to contact a personal injury lawyer, who will usually be able to tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim. Remember that the amount of compensation received can vary and will take into account your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings and medical expenses incurred, so do keep copies of any receipts for treatment or prescription medication.

    Source: Nottingham Post

     

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