July 2016

Nurse Compensated for Holiday Cycling Accident

A trainee nurse, who was injured after the brakes of a rental bike failed whilst on holiday in the Peak District, has been awarded a four-figure settlement of compensation for her injuries.

In July 2013, Phyllis Bright – a twenty-one year-old trainee nurse from Lincoln – visited the Peak District with her boyfriend. As part of their trip, they decided to rent bicycles to hire around the area and did so from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Visitor Centre. They then travelled to the Upper Derwent Valley.

As the couple travelled to down to the Abbey Brooke Bridge, Phyllis noticed that the brakes on her bike were not working. As such, in an attempt to prevent a collision with the stone wall of the bridge, Phyllis jumped from her bike.

Due to the impact upon the ground, Phyllis sustained many soft tissue injuries across her body and face, as well as an injury to her jaw. Phyllis was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where she received stitches to the injuries on her hands and chin.

Phyllis then consulted a personal injuries solicitor and subsequently made a claim against the Peak District National Park Authority. The claim alleged that the authority were liable for her injury as they failed to adequately maintain their bicycles, and as such put her in danger. The authority conceded liability for the injuries and offered Phyllis an undisclosed settlement of compensation, which she decided to accept.

Speaking to The Sun after the announcement of the settlement, Phyllis said that “I’m glad I can now begin to put this all behind me and move on with my life after receiving a settlement from the park authority. Realising I had no brakes halfway down a steep hill with a stone bridge at the bottom of it was a scary experience. I never thought I’d end the day in an ambulance on the way to hospital with cuts and bruises all over me. The accident has left me with a number of scars that act as a long-term reminder of what happened and I really struggled to eat and sleep afterwards.”