Woman stumbles over uncovered pit on footpath and receives $150,000 compensation

PUBLISHED 16 Feb 2015

In this matter we acted for a 46 year old woman who stumbled over an uncovered pit on a footpath, consequently suffering injuries to her ankle.

As usual, we carried out our independent forensic investigations with respect to the issues of liability and obtained photos from our client 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 the District Court of New South Wales. The instructions received from our client showed the case to be difficult in nature. Accordingly we briefed a barrister who had experience in such matters.

We arranged for our client to undergo a clinical examination with an orthopedic specialist and sought their view on what the future held for our client with respect to her injury. The medical evidence obtained 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 a Judge of the District Court of New South Wales, we arranged a conference with the Defendant’s solicitor in a final attempt to resolve the slip fall injury claim without the need to incur the cost of a 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 $150,000.00.

Our client was happy to have received a fair compensation without having to go through the difficulties posed by a hearing.

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