Abby was enjoying a successful career in banking when, at the age of 28, she developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Ultimately, this resulted in the loss of her home and her banking career.
Over the course of several years, and with specialist help, Abby fought back and had achieved a 90% recovery. She was working four days a week as an administrator for a technology company, had taken up swimming, had become engaged and was planning her wedding.
However, Abby was then involved in a road traffic accident which resulted in a serious relapse of her ME. Concurrently, she was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which resulted in new and worsening symptoms. Virtually unable to leave the house, for the second time in her life she lost her career.
“However, Abby was then involved in a road traffic accident which resulted in a serious relapse of her ME.”
The service provided by Abby’s first solicitors was frankly negligent. They failed entirely to review her medical history, processed her claim into an online portal for low-value claims and, even more astonishingly, sought to rely upon medical evidence from a GP!
“The service provided by Abby’s first solicitors was frankly negligent.”
Fortunately, Abby contacted BLB. When she instructed us to take over her claim it was clear that her complex medical history would need to be reviewed thoroughly. This was because, as expected, the Defendant denied any responsibility for the ME or Fibromyalgia being the result of the accident.
Following detailed instructions from us and an examination of Abby, the leading medical experts that we instructed were very strongly of the view that the vast majority of Abby’s ongoing limitations were the result of the road traffic accident.
Relying on this evidence we were able to obtain interim payments to help Abby financially and to fund further specialist treatment.
“Relying on this evidence we were able to obtain interim payments to help Abby financially and to fund further specialist treatment.”
Slowly, Abby was able to achieve a degree of improvement. Eventually, very much to her credit and a sign of her strength of character, she found a very flexible, part-time, book-keeping position, working from home. Even though this was for only a few hours a week, Abby was delighted to be offered the role as “it’s given me back some sense of self-worth.”
Shortly before the final court hearing a negotiated settlement was agreed in the sum of £282,500.