Unite member secures £1 million settlement after road accident

A Yorkshire member who was involved in a road traffic collision in August 2015 has secured £1 million in compensation.

He was employed as a deliveryman when a speeding driver hit his vehicle head on, causing him to suffer serious leg injuries and develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

The defendant admitted liability but argued that our member was avoiding returning to work, therefore disagreeing to making any payments to our member, which would have improved his quality of life.

Our specialist solicitors successfully fought for our members’ right to these payments and he received a full programme of rehabilitation. They also arranged for our member to have new adapted equipment, such as a mobility scooter and recliner chair, as well as a new home suitable for his new way of living.

Our member said: “I was so low after the accident, I didn’t even think about compensation, but when I got in touch with the Unite they put me in contact with a solicitor who was there when I needed it.”

He had to have multiple operations and still struggles to walk long distances and bend his leg fully, but with psychological therapy, our member has been able to return to work and is back driving on the roads.

As a member of Unite he kept 100 per cent of his compensation package, which settled for £1 million.

Karen Reay at Unite the union added: “Thankfully, our member didn’t have to rely on high street solicitors or run the risk of not having a specialist by his side. Our expert solicitors ensured he secured the maximum compensation possible. The £1 million recovered for him was double the figure initially offered and, as a member of Unite, he kept every penny of that compensation.”

“This is just another example of an insurance company acting out of greed, which could have left our member’s life in ruins. He’ll always live with the damage he suffered, but I’m so pleased that now, thanks to the compensation we secured, he’ll be able to live as normal and full a life as possible.”