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Case Type: Road Traffic Accident *
Settled by: Caoimhe McConnell
Injury: Shoulder Injury *
Incident: Piotr* was the driver of car which was stopped at a crossroads when it was hit from behind by a jeep and shunted across the road. The front of his car then hit a stone wall. He was wearing a seatbelt but the airbags were not deployed. Piotr* left arm was in a straight position holding the steering wheel at the time of impact and was jolted and twisted in his seat. After the incident he had noted injury to his neck and left shoulder. Following the accident he got out of the car unaided and was walking at the scene. He went home after the accident but was unable to sleep that night due to the injury sustained in his lower neck and around his left shoulder blade. The following day he ended up in the Emergency Department. Piotr* sustained soft tissue injuries to his lower neck, mid back and left shoulder. Following that he developed winging of the left scapula and has progressive difficulty elevating his left shoulder. He also had intermittent numbness of his left hand. Piotr* had to attend physiotherapy and massages for his neck pain and headaches. He was unable to return to work and it has prevented him from going to the gym and keeping up his fitness.
Case Progression: The Personal Injuries Assessment Board made an offer which was rejected by the client and proceedings were issued on 09/09/2016.
Settlement: The case was settled on the 18/07/2018. Piotr* was rear ended so the defendant was liable as they had a duty of care to the Piotr* as he was driving in front of them.