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Home > News > Public servant suffers whiplash injury after road traffic accident

15th July 2013

Public servant suffers whiplash injury after road traffic accident

Employed in the public sector, our client’s back injury following his road traffic accident resulted in his employment being terminated for medical reasons.

He asked for our compensation claim advice following his accident and our specialist road traffic accident lawyers were able to secure several thousand pounds in whiplash compensation. However, although the defendant had admitted liability, his insurer refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement until we issued court proceedings.

Whiplash injury in rear-end collision

Our client had been stationary at a junction, waiting for a break in the traffic before moving off. Without warning, the defendant’s vehicle hit him from behind at considerable force. The defendant claimed that his brakes had failed and admitted liability. Police attended the scene.

Our client was shaken forcibly forwards and backwards, suffering whiplash. He visited his GP following the accident, who confirmed that his injuries were consistent with whiplash and that he had suffered soft tissue injuries to his back and neck. As a result our client suffered considerable aggravation to existing neck and back conditions as well as additional injury to discs and trapping nerves in his back.

Back injury prevented return to chosen profession

Our client made several efforts to return to work, but after some time on restricted duties, and despite efforts by his employers to provide suitable alternative duties, they reluctantly terminated his employment on the grounds of medical capability.

Although he has been able to find alternative employment, this is at a considerable decrease in his income. He is also reluctantly resigned to the fact that his dreams of progressing to the highest level in his chosen profession, and even thoughts of working abroad, are now out of his reach. He has been advised that his back injury is permanent and that in addition to the loss of congenial employment (forced to give up employment which was genuinely enjoyed, or provided a great deal of satisfaction and fulfilment), he will continue to be physically disadvantaged in the labour market.

On-going consequences of whiplash injury

Our client continues to suffer significant pain from his injuries and takes a number of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication each day. He is unable to walk far and needs frequent breaks when sitting for long periods. Prior to the road traffic accident, our client was extremely fit and active. Since suffering his injuries, he can no longer partake of many sporting and other activities, many of which involved considerable social interaction with friends.

Making a claim for road accident compensation

Clear Answers’ specialist road accident compensation lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of personal injury compensation claims, particularly road traffic accidents.

If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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