The accident, in which Darren was thrown from his motorbike after a lorry failed to stop at a give way junction, left him with catastrophic injuries and requiring permanent assistance with his breathing. Darren has since undergone complex surgery to have a phrenic nerve pacer fitted to aid his breathing.
Three accident reconstruction experts investigated the case, and a High Court Trial took place in which the lorry driver was found to be completely liable. Darren’s case was then settled out of court, with a lump sum of 4.1 million awarded. He will also receive tax free index linked payments of 240,000 each year for the rest of his life towards costs for his care and changed circumstances. The total payout is likely to reach up to 10 million and is an important win for a client who has remained overwhelmingly positive throughout his recovery and subsequent legal action.
Compensation is necessary to cater to both the current and future needs of the injured party, and in Darren’s case will permit him the best possible quality of life as a C2 tetraplegic. At 28, Darren has a full life ahead of him, and will now be able to afford adequate care for himself, including 24/7 assistance, vehicles and wheelchairs, as well as ongoing rehabilitation and therapies. Interim payments obtained by Fletchers meant Darren was able to purchase a suitable bungalow and adapt it for his changed needs even before the case was settled.
It’s people like Darren who continue to inform and inspire the kind of work that Fletchers undertakes. As experts in road traffic accidents, we know that negative stereotypes mean motorbike riders are often wrongly held to blame, and even have difficulty finding the right solicitor to take on their fight.
We’re happy to add yet another significant client win to our track record, and look forward to seeing how Darren continues to shape his life after injury.