Hit and run accident compensation win

19th Feb 2020
Lisa Boyle

Hit and run accident compensation win

Hit and run accident compensation win for mother and son

A mum whose son was left critically injured after a horrific hit and run accident has shared how compensation handlers rejected her claim, insisting her lad ‘wasn’t a victim’ before she eventually won a successful case with Watermans Solicitors.

Hit and run claim filed following CICA rejection

Christine Wright, 34, said she felt “sick” upon receiving the letter from the Criminal Injury Compensation Association (CICA) following the traumatising incident in 2017.

Her son Cameron Wilson was just 10 years old when he was struck by a moped at a set of tragic lights just metres from his home in Edinburgh, before the driver sped off without looking back.

 

Motorbike

 

Distraught Christine sought advice from Watermans in November last year after being told by the CICA that her son wasn’t entitled to money, and was recently awarded an accident compensation claim for her child.

Family still suffering with PTSD symptoms

The mum-of-three said: “It was the worst moment of my life when Cameron was hit by that bike and our family hasn’t been the same since.

“My daughter Holly was there when it happened and she now suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms  and I’ve been left in a permanent state of anxiety.

“It wasn’t until Cameron was on the road to recovery that I decided I wanted to get some justice for him as I was advised he should be entitled to accident  compensation for what happened to him.

“I just wanted to get justice for my son. But to be sent a letter from the CICA after waiting a year to hear back from them, only for them to say he wasn’t ‘enough of a victim’ was infuriating.

“I phoned Watermans straight after I got that letter and I couldn’t speak because I didn’t know how someone could be so callous and say my son wasn’t victim enough.

“It hurt a lot because it was as if he was just a number or a case number.

“When I phoned Watermans, straight away the woman said she could help and the claim was handled so quickly. She asked me right away if I was the mum of the wee boy who’d been hit by the moped in Edinburgh. I’m so grateful that I sought legal advice otherwise Cameron would have got nothing.”

Moped hit and run left Cameron in intensive care

Shop worker Christine remembers her daughter Holly, now 11, asking if her brother was going to die after witnessing the horror in August 2017.

 

Road Traffic Accident

 

She said: “I couldn’t say no because if he had died, then she would never have trusted me again. I couldn’t say yes either. I was so shocked that I couldn’t speak. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

“He was on the road bleeding for almost an hour – we nearly lost him.

His leg wasn’t where it was supposed to be and his arm wasn’t where it was supposed to be…he wasn’t in a good way.”

Now recovered, brave high school pupil Cameron is trying to move on with his life but his mum Christine is still suffering to come to terms with the ordeal.

She said: “Seeing your child broken, it just makes you realise just how precious they actually are.

“Cameron is a very brave boy. He was only signed off from physio in April and he’s started to get pains again in his leg.

“Watermans arranged for him to be seen by a psychologist as part of his case and he’s doing great now. I’m the one who won’t settle now until my kids are all home at night.”

 

Alex Robertson
Watermans Solicitor Alex Robertson handled the compensation case.

 

Despite police stepping up patrols to stop bike gangs in the local area, Christine says the issue has started once again this year.

Her daughter Holly is so terrified that she phones her mum and asks to be collected every time she hears the sound of a bike when she’s playing outside.

Watermans’ Alex Robertson handled the accident compensation case

Alex Robertson, Associate at Watermans Solicitors who represented the family in this case, said, “The combination of incorrect and misleading advice that the family had been provided with after this accident was shocking and had clearly added to their distress following this terrible incident.  It is deeply concerning that even the police weren’t able to direct Cameron down the right route to seek justice for what had happened to him.

“Fortunately we were able to step in and get the case back on track.  With our help Cameron has been able to move forward from the moped hit and run accident and whilst the incident and its effects will likely live with him forever, so will the knowledge that he has received the justice and accident  compensation he was entitled to.”

She said: “I could have said no and if he did die, then she would never have trusted me. I couldn’t say yes either. I was so shocked that I couldn’t speak. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

“He was just bleeding everywhere. His leg wasn’t where it was supposed to be and his arm wasn’t where it was supposed to be… he wasn’t in a good way.”

Now recovered, brave high school pupil Cameron is trying to move on with his life but his mum Christine is still suffering to come to terms with the ordeal.

She said: “Seeing your child broken, it just makes you realise just how precious they actually are.

“Cameron is a very brave boy. He was only signed off from physio in April and he’s started to get pains again in his leg.

“Watermans arranged for him to be seen by a psychologist as part of his case and he’s doing great now. I’m the one who won’t settle now until my kids are all home at night.”

 

Alex Robertson
Watermans Solicitor Alex Robertson handled the compensation case.

 

Despite police stepping up patrols to stop bike gangs in the local area, Christine says the issue has started once again this year.

Her daughter Holly is so terrified that she phones her mum to collect her every time she hears the sound of a bike when she’s playing outside.

Alex Robertson, Associate at Watermans Solicitors who represented the family in this case, said, “The combination of incorrect and misleading advice that the family had been provided with after this accident was shocking and had clearly added to their distress following this terrible incident.  It is deeply concerning that even the police weren’t able to direct Cameron down the right route to seek justice for what had happened to him.

“Fortunately we were able to step in and get the case back on track.  With our help Cameron has been able to move forward form this incident and whilst the incident and its effects will likely live with him forever, so will the knowledge that he has received the justice and compensation he was entitled to.”

Scott Whyte, Managing Director at Watermans Solicitors, said: “This case highlights the difference that a specialist personal injury solicitor can make in achieving justice and compensation for people like Cameron – who was injured through absolutely no fault of his own.

Hit and run injury claims can be won with the right help

Scott Whyte, Managing Director at Watermans Solicitors, said: “This case highlights the difference that a specialist personal injury solicitor can make in achieving justice and compensation for people like Cameron – who was injured through absolutely no fault of his own.

 

Managing Director Scott Whyte

 

“Our team worked tirelessly on this case to identify the at fault party and achieve the best settlement for Cameron.  Cameron and his family can now move forward positively from this terrible experience knowing that justice has been delivered for them.

“This is a far cry from when we first became involved, which was after Cameron had been misinformed and mis-advised about his case.

“By instructing Watermans, Cameron and his family had the assurance that we were always on their side as we only ever act for injured people.”

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Read full article in the Scottish Sun here.

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