Steve Dean (not his real name) has achieved a settlement of £650,000 for his road accident claim just 10 months after approaching Brian Barr to act for him.
Mr. Dean was in a car accident in October 2011. He suffered injuries to his right hip, knee, ankle and foot with ongoing pain. He had pain in his neck and back. Mr. Dean was also suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
He instructed us in August 2014. By that time his previous solicitors had, in nearly three years, obtained an admission of liability for the accident and one report from a psychiatrist. They had also received an offer from the Defendants to settle the claim for £100,000, which his solicitor and barrister urged him to accept. He was not prepared to do so.
Court proceedings had to be commenced by October 2014 and Brian Barr immediately did that. They also rapidly obtained medical reports from an orthopaedic surgeon, a rheumatologist, a pain consultant and a psychiatrist. Mr. Dean had been running a successful business and a report was obtained from a forensic accountant on his business losses. An occupational therapist prepared a report on his care and equipment needs. It was apparent that he had a widespread chronic pain syndrome which was neither Fibromyalgia nor Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Brian Barr supplied the Defendant’s Solicitors with a fully detailed Particulars of Claim, a Schedule of Loss and all the expert evidence. The Defendant’s insurance company were anxious to try to settle the case and damages were agreed in June 2015 at £650,000. Mr. Dean also recovered his legal costs.
Brian Barr comments: “This was an extremely challenging case, not least because a great deal had to be done in a short period of time. This man was suffering greatly because the chronic pain condition was magnifying his physical injuries. Nevertheless, he has achieved a substantial award and we hope that this will be of great help to him in the future.”