Passenger’s spinal injury compensation after sudden braking

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Passenger’s spinal injury compensation after sudden braking

The client’s story

Our client was a passenger in a vehicle when the driver stopped suddenly causing our client to be thrust forward and hit his head on the dashboard; unfortunately he was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver had allegedly been ‘rubber-necking’ an accident on the opposite carriageway and did not notice until very late that the vehicles in front had slowed down.

Our client suffered a spinal injury resulting in immediate paralysis and had to be cut out of the vehicle by the emergency services and taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a specialist spinal injury unit where he spent over three months.

Fortunately, he made a partial recovery from his spinal injury and was able to walk again but was left with some mobility issues and bladder problems. The prospects of his ever returning to work were poor.

Our approach

Our specialist spinal injury lawyer, Mark Gore, visited the client at the spinal injury unit at the claim’s outset.

We made attempts to secure further rehabilitation for his spinal injury funded by the insurers but these were refused when they disputed liability.

We persisted with his spinal injury compensation claim and used our local knowledge of the best experts to obtain specialist medical evidence, allowing us to identify the full extent of his spinal injury and resulting losses.

The outcome

Despite a denial of liability, we secured for the client a six figure compensation sum which will help him adapt to his remaining spinal injury and further improve his quality of life.

This spinal injury compensation claim was dealt with by Mark Gore, an APIL accredited Senior Litigator, specialising in spinal, head injury and other compensation claims in Kent, Medway & beyond. Mark can be contacted on 01622 680409 or at