HGV drivers face the occupational hazard of injury from road traffic accidents every day of their working lives. Normally this entails whiplash injuries to neck and back areas but this case we report because it involved quite an unusual injury.
The lorry was struck by a vehicle who drifted across lanes on a motorway and in to a glancing impact with the articulated lorry. Our client who was a very experienced driver over 30 years managed to bring his vehicle to a controlled but emergency stop but suffered soft tissue injuries to his hands and wrist whilst grappling with the steering wheel and carrying out an emergency braking procedure.
Scans of the affected wrists revealed sometime later that our client had developed a cyst or ganglion injury that baffled the examining doctors. We ourselves as accident claim experts have never come across a similar injury in over 25 years in dealing with personal injury claims.
We believed in our client however so we collated all the available medical evidence and issued court proceedings claiming compensation for personal injuries from the at fault insurers.
These proceedings were strongly contested all the way to within days of a full trial. Facing our meticulous preparation and extensive research we were able to prompt the insurers to settle the case shortly before trial.
Our client was delighted with the result in this case and that we were able to achieve a full award in such difficult circumstances.