Ernest Richardson

Case Study | Testimonial

Before I was hit by a car while out for a run on my bike in July 2012, I was a very keen cyclist. I’d recently retired and I had so many plans lined up, including participating in a series of long distance cycling events. The accident brought an abrupt end to my plans.

I remember stopping at the Coulston Roundabout in Airdrie, checking my access was clear, making my way onto the roundabout… and then waking up in hospital. I’d suffered various injuries, including a fractured jaw. Luckily, I always wear a cycling helmet, which was cracked in three places. If I’d not had my helmet on, my skull would have taken the full impact and that might have been it.

After being discharged from hospital, I turned to the internet in search of a solicitor who specialised in providing cyclists injured in road traffic accidents in Scotland with legal advice. I soon came across Cycle Law Scotland – and this company ticked all the boxes!

From my first interview with Brenda Mitchell, I knew I’d made the right choice. Brenda was highly knowledgeable and very experienced in this niche area of the law and, as a cyclist herself, she knew the score. In addition, Brenda displayed a caring side and I always felt I was a person rather than simply a case number.

As the claim for compensation for my injuries and damage to my bike and cycling equipment progressed, I was kept fully up-to-date with what was happening and everything was dealt with very professionally. Brenda also arranged for me to see various medical professionals so the extent of my injuries – and any long-term damage - could be ascertained.

Although it took some time, which Brenda had warned me might be the case, my claim was settled out of court. I was very happy with the outcome and I would have no hesitation in recommending Cycle Law Scotland to other cyclists.

Thankfully, I’m back on my bike again, although I tend to stick to cycling tracks as I’m still wary of going out on the road. However, I’m thinking about doing a 100 Km event very soon which, hopefully, will mark my ‘official’ return to the road.”

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