Edithvale retiree Reg Stafford has this week reached a six figure settlement with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) following a severe traffic accident.
The settlement, negotiated on Mr Stafford’s behalf by law firm Slater and Gordon, will provide compensation for the injuries sustained in the accident in addition to payment of his ongoing future medical expenses.
Mr Stafford and his wife were in a car travelling on the Hume Freeway near Beveridge in 2009 that hit a tree following a collision with another vehicle. The driver of the second car failed to stop at the scene of the accident, but later contacted police.
Mr Stafford said that the settlement was an important factor in being able to move on with his life.
“My wife and I are still picking up the pieces from the accident, but it is one less worry to know that the costs from the accident and my injuries are now taken care of,” Mr Stafford said.
Slater and Gordon lawyer Allan Macrae, who represented Mr Stafford, said that his client had great tenacity and an unstoppable will.
“Mr Stafford sustained significant injuries, such as complex fractures in his right leg, ankle foot and back, as well as disfigurement of his left arm and injuries to his teeth and mouth. Fortunately, Mrs Stafford escaped the accident with less injury,” Mr Macrae said.
“The extent of his injuries would challenge a man half Reg’s age, but the way he has gone about getting back on track has been tremendous.
“His rehabilitation is a work in progress, and I know both he and his wife still have reservations about getting back in the car – all because of an accident that was no fault of their own.
“That said, Mr and Mrs Stafford have a terrific outlook and a very close family to draw strength from.
“I am pleased to resolve the financial consequences of the accident for Reg, so he can get on with being a great musician, husband, father and grandfather.”