On 1st October '08 I was enroute to work during the morning school time rush. As I approached a roundabout I began filtering between 2 lanes of stationary traffic. (Both heading in the same direction.)
As I reached around 3 car lengths from the roundabout, a 13 year old girl in the front nearside passenger seat of the car waiting in lane 2 of the queue, (on my right hand side), decided to alight from the vehicle. She opened the door without her or her mother (the driver) checking the nearside mirror and I collided with the edge of the door stopping my bike dead and resulting in me landing in the road infront of the vehicles.
The police attended and I was taken by Ambulance to hospital where I received medication for 'soft tissue' injuries and advice on head injuries, as it was thought I had been knocked unconcious when my head hit the corner of the door. There has been no prosecution against the child or driver but since then, having accepted full liability for the collision,my bike has been repaired and I have received 10 sessions of Physiotherapy.
However, at the conclusion of these sessions, I was advised that I required further treatment as the damage to my neck and lower back was quite significant with 'joint' damage as well as soft tissue injury. This request has been refused by the other side and I am now left with pain and discomfort that is in fact getting worse as the weeks go by.
I have arranged for myself to attend 1-2 weeks convalesence treatment through work but I am awaiting a date. I have now received advice from my solicitor that I would be looking in the region of £2,000 personal injuries compensation, which I have said I am not happy with. As a result of this, my solicitor has provided the other side with all the medical reports etc and they have now offered me £3,200.
Again, I have declined this offer as I do not believe the injuries I have been diagnosed with are being treated as seriously as they ought to be. (I was told I have 'whiplash' that should clear up within 6 months!) I have found that every day I am in constant pain and discomfort,which is limiting my day to day activities.
I returned to work within 1 month of the collision and after 2 months I was back to full duties. (I ride motorcycles in work too.) However, I find that within an hour or so of being on the bike I suffer from increased pain across the full width of my back and the wearing of the crash helmet for long periods of time does not help things. (I understand that I could go off work 'sick' but this would have to be a last resort for me.)
I am now beginning to think that I will be stuck with these problems for the remainder of my time and so feel that I am entitled to a little bit more than £3,200? (Especially given that I am only 29 yrs old and so hope that I have a long time left!)
Where do I stand???