June 9, 2016
An injured driver is to receive £30,000 compensation for PTSD following a car crash after being told his claim was likely to be worth little more than £3,000.
Fifty-year-old Warren Smith from Lancashire suffered head, chest and back injuries when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle travelling on the wrong side of the A671 between Burnley and Rochdale on March 8th, 2012.
The negligent driver responsible for causing the head-on collision died in the accident, and Warren later developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression due to the emotional trauma he had suffered at the time of the accident.
Warren lost his job as a contracts manager as he was unable to drive the long distances required to fulfil his duties. He subsequently sought legal advice in order to claim compensation, but his psychological injuries were disregarded and Warren was told that the value of his claim was little more than £3,000.
Fortunately Warren sought a second legal opinion and, once the consequences of his emotional trauma were taken into account, the suggested value of his claim rose considerably. Warren claimed compensation for PTSD following a car crash and his claim was recently settled for £30,000.
Warren still suffers from the emotional trauma of the fatal head-on collision, and the settlement of compensation for PTSD following a car crash will go towards the cost of continuing his therapy and rehabilitation. Warren told his local newspaper:
“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.”