Traffic Accidents

Compensation for Psychological Injuries Awarded

A man, who suffered PTSD after involvement in a fatal car accident, has received a five-figure settlement of compensation for his physical and psychological injuries.

The tragic accident occurred on the 8th March 2012 when Warren Smith, aged fifty from Lancashire, was driving from Burnley to Rochdale on the A671. However, she was then involved in a head-on collision when another car came around a sharp corner on the incorrect side of the road.

The other driver was fatally wounded in the collision, and Warren was rushed to hospital suffering extensive injuries to his torso, head and back. The nature of the injuries meant that Warren could not drive, forcing him to give up his job as a contracts manager (as it involved regularly driving long distances).

However, Warren also suffered from psychological damage because of the accident. A diagnosis of post-traumatic stress-disorder was made, though when making a claim for compensation, Warren was told that he would not be compensated for this and would receive about £3,000 for his physical injuries.

Warren, naturally, was unhappy with this advice and decided to seek a second opinion. Warren then submitted a claim for car crash compensation that would account for all of his injuries, not just the physical ones. The claim was then settled through out-of-court negotiations, with Warren receiving a £30,000 settlement.
When speaking with the Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen, Warren commented that “People should not underestimate the consequences of car accidents and I am lucky to be alive. I am still haunted by the events of that day and my injuries are a constant reminder of the fact that someone died in the crash. But I am incredibly relieved that I now have access to the care and support that I need to move forward with my life.”