In the evening of New Years Eve 2005, Lee was driving with his wife Karen and their eight year old daughter when a car failed to give way entering a roundabout and crashed into their vehicle. Lee’s vehicle rolled onto its side and Karen died tragically at the scene of the accident. Lee suffered both physical and psychiatric injuries.
A British national, Lee returned to England with his two children for family support. To this day, Lee experiences extreme emotional distress and significant bilateral back pain. As a result of his physical and psychiatric condition, he is unable to work and care for his children on his own.
The TAC refused to grant Lee a Serious Injury Certificate until February 2010 – more than four years after the accident – and in March 2011 common law proceedings for damages were issued.
Lee was seeking compensation for his pain and suffering, his inability to work in the past and for the remainder of his life, as well as the value of the services being provided for him by his family members.
At mediation (held two weeks prior to trial), the TAC only offered Lee approximately $750,000 in compensation. Although physically and psychologically challenged by the thought of coming back to Australia to appear at a trial, Lee listened to the advice of Henry Carus + Associates and accepted that a better settlement could be achieved if he returned.
In the two weeks leading up the trial, Henry Carus + Associates arranged everything required to proceed, including up to date medical examinations and video links back to England to receive the evidence of medical practitioners and family members.
On the evening before the trial, the TAC finally accepted the true value of Lee’s claim, and offered him approximately $1.1 million for settlement – a difference of $350,000 in 2 weeks!
Actual Client Testimonial
Nobody should have to see what I saw that night. Nobody should have to tell their children that their mother is dead. Since the accident my life has been knackered. I used to be the most outgoing person in the world and I loved my job – but the physical and psychiatric injuries I have suffered put an end to that extroverted personality, my career and my ability to care for my children. It’s difficult to get people to understand what I went through that night and what I will go through for the rest of my life because of that night. Henry Carus & Associates have understood this from day one. They helped me fight for what I deserved and, because of their hard work and dedication, I received an excellent settlement figure. The settlement money won’t bring back the life I had, but it will let me care for my family. Thank you Henry Carus.