Personal Injury Specialist Solicitors

Adjustment disorder claim settles for £6,500

Neil McGranaghan

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr W in relation to his injury claim. Our client instructed that he was stationary in his vehicle waiting for traffic to pass to enable him to turn safely onto Ridgeway street, Belfast when his vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle.

The Police attended the scene and our client discussed the incident with them and provided a statement.

Our client developed pain in his left wrist immediately after the incident. The following day he developed pain across his neck, shoulders and upper back. He sought medical advice a few days after the injury and received painkillers from his GP. He arranged private physiotherapy which he paid for himself. The accident had a significant psychological impact on our client and we arranged for an assessment to be carried out by a Consultant Psychiatrist who diagnosed him as suffering from an adjustment disorder with anxiety symptoms.Broadly speaking an adjustment disorder is diagnosed when an individual is unable to cope or adjust following a particularly stressful situation or significant life event.

Our client instructed us to recover the cost of physiotherapy and loss of overtime earnings together with compensation for his physical and psychiatric injuries.

Court proceedings were issued against the at fault driver as the insurance company did not accept our client’s loss of overtime claim. The case was settled out of Court in Mr W’s favour in the sum of £6,500 plus costs.

Following the successful conclusion of his claim our client commented as follows;

“Neil took all the stress out of the claim by taking the time to explain everything at every stage. He was extremely easy to contact and was quick to respond to any queries that I had throughout the duration of my case.”

If you have been involved in a serious accident it is crucial that you obtain legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity. Please contact us by phone on 02890 387060 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com