Our client was injured whilst riding his bicycle in Newcastle. He was riding in a bicycle lane when a car reversed out of a driveway in front of him. The car broke, and our client couldn’t stop in time, causing a collision between bicycle and car. He contacted Gerard Malouf & Partners as expert compensation lawyers known for success in compensation claims for injured bicycle riders.
As a result of the accident our client suffered a fracture to his scapula. He did not require surgery for his injury, with physiotherapy treatment and time healing the injury.
As a result of the injuries, medical evidence was provided by an orthopaedic surgeon. The medical reports provided evidence of future treatment would be needed, what future out-of-pocket expenses will be sought, and whether our client would need any ongoing care. At the time of the accident, our client was a manager of a department store but was forced to take 3 months off work due to his injury. He has since returned to work in his normal capacity and is travelling to and from work on a bicycle.
In this instance the insurer admitted liability, however alleged that our client was held to be contributory negligent to a total of 50%. This means that the insurer alleged our client was 50% responsible for the accident. The allegation was made on the basis that it was dusk, our client was wearing dark clothing with no lights fitted to his bicycle, making it difficult for others to see him. We did not agree with this and fought against it, supporting that our client had done nothing wrong. We gathered evidence in support of our client’s claim including sun set statistics and other studies to ensure our client was not penalised in any way.
Our experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers were able to settle this matter for over $80,000.00, which was over 3 times the amount the initial offer from the insurance company. Our dedicated team was on top of the matter every step of the way, from the filing of the car accident injury claim, to the medicals needed by our client, and ultimately settling the matter.
If you have been injured, please contact the personal injury specialists at Gerard Malouf and Partners with the knowledge that you are contacting a team with the experience to get the result you deserve.