Our client was the front seat passenger. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and the vehicle was fitted with head restraints. Mr H’s vehicle was in a queue of traffic giving way at a roundabout.
Mr H’s vehicle was proceeding forwards when suddenly and unexpectedly the driver of the vehicle in front of Mr H’s car made an emergency stop. Mr H’s vehicle drove into the rear of the vehicle in front.
Mr H had a gradual onset of neck, upper and lower back pain which became most noticeable the day after the accident. The predominant symptoms lasted for 6 weeks and thereafter the neck and back symptoms became intermittent with gradual improvement. The neck and back symptoms resolved fully within 6 months of the accident. Mr H took 1 week sick leave and undertook light duties for a further 2 weeks.
At home Mr H required assistance with housework during the initial 6 weeks after the accident.
The case was settled for £1,500 general damages and £96.50 special damages.