In this matter we acted for a 66 year old man who was involved in a minor collision with his truck at Auburn and suffered a cut on his left leg.
As usual, we carried out our independent forensic investigations with respect to the issues of liability (obtained photos from client/ police report/ witness statement) as well as requesting medical records from our client's family doctors.
After obtaining instructions from our client and collating the medical evidence in the case, we commenced proceedings in by lodging the Personal Injury Claim Form with the CTP Insurer for the driver allegedly at fault.
The CTP Insurer admitted its liability at an early stage so there was no need for our client to prove the other side’s responsibility in the accident further.
As the claim became an assessment of damages, we arranged for our client to undergo a clinical examination with an orthopedic specialist and sought his view on what the future held for our client with respect to his injury. The medical evidence obtained both by our expert as well as the treating doctors all assisted in strengthening our client's case.
The Defendant requested to have our client examined by one of their doctors who provided a medical report. The opinion contained in the report produced by the Defendant's medical expert conflicted with the findings of our medical expert with respect to future economic loss, future need for treatment as well as past and future ability to attend to home chores and tasks.
Prior to having the matter heard by an Assessor appointed by the Motor Accident Authority of NSW, we arranged a conference with the Defendant's solicitor in a final attempt to resolve the claim without the need to incur the cost of an assessment hearing.
At conference we were able to persuade the Defendant's solicitors that our client's position was both genuine and realistic. We then secured a settlement for over $70,000.00.
Our client was happy to have received a fair compensation without having to go through the difficulties posed by a hearing.