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Retired woman crossed road without looking. Case settled for £290,000

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Retired woman crossed road without looking. Case settled for £290,000

News article published on: 20th June 2012

A retired woman who was run over when crossing a dual carriageway without looking still managed to win substantial compensation with the help of Osbornes

Miss R, a retired lady, was crossing a dual carriageway on foot on her way to the local shops. She failed to look for oncoming traffic and walked into the path of a car. The Defendant driver saw her but failed to take evasive action and there was a collision.

Miss R sustained a brain injury and as a result was unable to manage her affairs. She was regularly hospitalised for complications arising from the brain injury and was ultimately unable to return home. She moved into private residential care.

Osbornes Partner Stuart Kightley was asked to take the case over from another firm of solicitors. He issued High Court proceedings and because liability was contested the case was set down for a liability trial.

Queen’s Counsel was instructed and the case was settled two weeks before trial at a settlement meeting for £290,000 (after deduction for contributory negligence at around 45%).

A High Court judge approved the settlement in March 2008, and the fund was invested with the Court of Protection for the Claimant’s benefit.


To find out whether you can make a claim for compensation contact our personal injury department:

  • Ring us on 020 7485 8811

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  • Text LEGAL to 60888

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