Sally Chapman developed Fibromyalgia after a road accident. She asked Brian Barr to take over her case after her Solicitor advised her to accept £77,000. We won a settlement of £595,000 for her.
Sally was a vivacious young mum to 3 children, working full time and doing lots of sporting activities, when she was involved in what appeared to be a relatively minor road accident in April 2005. The Defendant drove into the rear of her vehicle. She injured her neck and thought she had developed a whiplash injury which would resolve itself over time.
Unfortunately, Sally’s symptoms did not improve despite physiotherapy and numerous doctors’ appointments. Told that her symptoms would improve, in fact they got worse. She managed to continue in her employment as a customer services manager for six months until her company closed down. By this stage Sally was so unwell that she was unable to get another job.
Over two years after the accident, Sally was diagnosed with FM. It prevented her from returning to work and she needed considerable care and assistance from family and friends.
At the time that Sally transferred her case to Brian Barr Solicitors, the Defendants had just obtained their own rheumatologist’s report and put forward an offer to settle of £77,000. Sally’s own Rheumatologist thought that her FM was triggered by the accident whereas the Defendant’s Rheumatologist felt that she would have developed Fibromyalgia in any event and that it had developed too long after the accident to be linked back to the accident.
This was not accepted by Lyndsey Ryan, the solicitor at Brian Barr dealing with the case, who looked very closely at Sally’s pre-accident medical records and ensured that the medical experts in the case did likewise.
Sally’s experts maintained their opinions in discussions with top Barristers. As the case moved closer to trial, the parties had a joint settlement meeting where offers were put forward by both sides. Settlement was not achieved on the day, but the case settled shortly afterwards for £595,000.
Sally said “I can’t thank you enough for providing such an exceptional service over the last two years, when others had given up on me and my case. One last minute call to Brian Barr Solicitors and a conversation with you has changed my life forever.
Your attention to detail has been phenomenal, and you were so thorough with every aspect of my case that you knew it inside out. You always backed up your information with evidence and found crucial evidence to support my case that others had previously overlooked or dismissed.
My life has not been the same since the accident 6 years ago, and I know that no amount of money will compensate me for my loss. But what you have done will give me a chance to help improve my quality of life and give me a much more comfortable life, and that is priceless. I could not have asked for a better firm of solicitors to see this through.”
Lyndsey Ryan said “I am delighted to have helped Sally achieve such a good result with her case. Sally was clearly a very well respected and energetic young mum when the accident sadly took away much of her independence. It has been a long road but I am pleased that Sally is now in a position to rebuild her life and hopefully enjoy her future with her family.”
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