Woman Awarded $160,000 in Compensation After rear end Motor Vehicle Accident

Published 24 Feb 2017

Our client, Mrs S was driving home with her husband during peak hour traffic along the Princess Highway in Sydney when their motor vehicle came to a standstill at a red traffic light. The claimant’s car was struck by another vehicle from behind, and the force of the impact pushed the vehicle into the car in front. As a result of the accident the woman sustained injuries to her cervical spine, thoracic spine, left shoulder and left hand.

Following the accident Mrs S contacted Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation Lawyers to make enquires about a claim for compensation. We took on the case on a no win, no fee basis and with our clients instructions proceeded to lodge a claim with the CTP Insurer of the motor vehicle at fault.

While the claimant was not working at the time of the accident, her occupational history was sound, having worked as a PR manager whilst also gaining IT experience. Mrs S had the intention of returning to the workforce after giving birth to her daughter, however as a result of serious injuries she sustained in the accident, this was delayed and her future earning capacity was diminished due to her physical restrictions.

As part of the process undertaken my our team of Personal Injury Lawyers, the claimants medical records were requested and it was established that she was not suffering from any previous injuries and disabilities.

We organised for Mrs S to be examined by an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Psychologist and Occupational Therapist to assess the nature and extent of her injuries and how it will continue to impact her in the future.

Our medical experts agreed that, but for the accident, the claimant would have more likely than not continued to work for the rest of her working life expectancy and provide for her family. It was also assessed that as a result of the injuries, the claimant’s capacity to carry out domestic duties had diminished, and she therefore required assistance on a commercial basis in the near future.

Given the strength of our medical expert evidence, the matter was referred to CARS for assessment and upon review of our application, the CTP insurer invited us to participate in an informal settlement conference where we were able to settle the matter in a sum of $160,000.

Through obtaining the right evidence we were able to reach an early settlement with the insurance company without the need for any costly litigation.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident where you have sustained injuries and wish to seek advice regarding making a claim, please contact our office for a free first consultation with our Experienced and Accredited Personal injury Specialists.