In February last year, Ryan Armstrong was a passenger in his friend’s car late at night. He felt that his friend was driving too fast and asked him to slow down, but he didn’t. The car flipped and overturned on a bend on the A157 in Lincoln.
Ryan suffered a head injury and severe injuries to his face and body. This was followed by severe headaches due to concussion, insomnia, anxiety, loss of taste, mood swings, sickness, dizziness, pins and needles in the right arm and right leg, loss of grip and slow movement of fingers. He also suffered memory loss and had to relearn the months of the year.
He was taken to Lincoln County Hospital where he received treatment and has since been referred to the ear, nose and throat clinic and the eye clinic.
Thankfully, Ryan has since recovered from the head injury but continues with pain in his jaw and shoulder.
Ryan is a law student at Sheffield Hallam University and was unable to complete the academic year that he was in, which he had to restart in September 2018 and which resulted in additional fees. He also had to take time off his part-time job as a taxi driver.
Ryan contacted Graysons to see if he could pursue a claim for compensation against his friend and Mark took up his case. Mark contacted the driver’s insurer, claiming the driver had:
- driven the vehicle without due care and attention
- failed to brake or steer to avoid the accident
- driven at a speed that was excessive in the circumstances
The insurer was reluctant to admit liability at first but did so eventually and Mark was able to negotiate a settlement of £48,000.
If you have been involved in an accident and would like to know if you are able to claim compensation, please contact our experts and we will assess your case and advise you what the next step should be. You can also find out more about road traffic accidents on our web pages.
Author: Mark Fisher, personal injury partner.