Collision, Locus and Circumstances
On 1st July 2018 at around 9.30pm, Nat was cycling on Bell Street in Glasgow. He had stopped at a junction with the intention of turning right onto Albion Street. Whilst stationary at the junction, a car turned onto Bell Street from Albion Street, cutting the corner and colliding into Nat. He was thrown from his bicycle onto the ground, landing heavily on his right side. He had no opportunity to avoid the collision.
Both the police and paramedics were called to the scene. Despite the heavy fall onto his right shoulder, Nat decided that further medical attention was not necessary and he left for home.
Extent and Impact of Injuries
The following day, the pain in Nat’s right shoulder continued and he attended his GP who referred him onto Glasgow Royal Infirmary for an X-ray. The results revealed no fractures but he was diagnosed as having suffered a sprain and strain of the right shoulder. He also sustained soft tissue injuries across his neck, lower back, right knee and a dental injury
The most problematic physical injury for Nat was his right shoulder which continued to prove painful. As a result of the incident, Nat developed a major depressive disorder which required immediate treatment.
The Claim Process and Getting the Right Result
Thanks to another vehicle’s dash cam footage and the presence of several witness who saw the incident, liability was admitted early on by the third-party insurers. This meant that the sole focus of the case was to correctly value the claim.
With Nat continuing to suffer from his injuries, Cycle Law Scotland arranged private physiotherapy to aid with Nat’s rehabilitation as had been recommended by the A&E Consultant who provided a report on his orthopaedic injuries. It was clear that treatment would be needed for Nat’s psychological trauma and so this was addressed by instructing a Consultant Psychologist. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was arranged which was aimed at tackling the psychological trauma suffered.
It was paramount to ensure that both the physical and psychological injuries were accurately assessed before settlement of Nat’s case. Ultimately, Cycle Law Scotland was able to achieve a favourable five figure settlement which accurately reflected the extent of the injuries sustained.
Both the private physiotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy were secured by Cycle Law Scotland and funded by the third-party insurers. Nat was employed at the time of the incident as a Deliveroo rider. His bicycle was damaged beyond repair as a result of the incident and Cycle Law Scotland was able to secure funds to allow him to replace his bicycle in full. He has since returned to cycling.
At Cycle Law Scotland, our mantra is that we aim to get you back on the bike as soon as possible.
Why Are Cycle Law Scotland Different?
Many people think of solicitors as having merely a “legal input” into cases.
This case highlights how Cycle Law Scotland was able to go above and beyond in providing Nat with the necessary care and support he deserved. Whereas many panel solicitors will overlook the care aspect, Cycle Law Scotland do not. After seeing various Consultants and a Psychologist, we ensured that the care and rehabilitation support afforded to Nat was tailored to meet his needs. Cycle Law Scotland, as they do with every case, funded all aspects of Nat’s case meaning he never had to put his hand in his pocket for any costs incurred.
In order to get the best possible settlement, it is essential to have solicitors who understand not only the legal aspect, but also the medical and rehabilitation aspects of cases too.