Attempted Murder Results in Significant Injuries and Compensation
Colin was deliberately assaulted in March 2008 by someone using a vehicle as a weapon. The driver was convicted of attempted murder and Colin claimed compensation for his significant injuries.
Assault with a Vehicle
Colin had gone to a night club with a group of friends. During the evening, some friends of Colin’s had an altercation with the Defendant. Colin was not involved in this incident. However, the Defendant assaulted Colin with a vehicle later that evening. The driver of the car denied all involvement in the incident. However, after a long trial, the Court convicted the Defendant of attempted murder.
Colin sustained pelvic injuries in the accident so he was taken to hospital. Unfortunately, while he was being treated in hospital, Colin had a heart attack. The heart attack resulted in Colin suffering from oxygen starvation which lead to a hypoxic brain injury.
Road Traffic Law or Criminal Injuries Compensation?
We have a team of criminal injuries compensation specialists so we needed to clarify which law applied to Colin’s assault. We had to show that the Defendant was driving the car at the time of the assault. This meant that Colin could claim substantial compensation under Road Traffic Law. If he had made a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority he would have had access to very limited compensation. We also had to establish that the heart attack and subsequent hypoxic brain damage was as a direct result of his involvement in the road traffic accident.
Our solicitors are specialists so we have built up a huge number of expert contacts in and around Nottingham over the years. Our brain injury and criminal injury teams used their networks and we contacted a number of medical specialists. These experts carried out an extensive investigation into Colin’s case. They helped us to establish that the insurers of the vehicle were liable to pay compensation and that Colin should be compensated for his serious injuries and the full consequences of his hypoxic brain injury.
Compensation for Attempted Murder
We successfully established that the insurance company was liable for the compensation. After this, we obtained substantial interim payments for Colin. He used this money to pay for a case manager, an intensive period of six months rehabilitation in a private neurorehabilitation unit and on-going support.
Colin eventually settled his case for a sum in excess of £1 million. This provided him with loss of earnings for life. He is also able to pay for a case manager, support worker and therapists.
Colin is one of many clients we have helped. If you have been injured following a criminal attack, you might be interested to read about Gary’s claim for compensation after a violent assault. We also help people like Mick who injured in a drunk driver accident.
If you would like to talk to one of the solicitors in Barratts Nottingham office, please call us on 0115 931 5171.
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