A wheelchair-bound Fitzroy man has received a six-figure payout after an accident on a Melbourne tram nearly left him housebound.
Slater and Gordon motor vehicle accident lawyer Elizabeth Mukherji said Jeffery Robertson was in his wheelchair on a city tram when it stopped suddenly, catapulting him into a ticket validation machine and leaving him with severe chest and arm injuries.
``Through no fault of his own, Jeffrey ended up with serious damage to his right chest wall and right arm and as a result of those injuries he now finds it very difficult to manoeuvre his wheelchair, which has its controls on the right-hand side,’’ Ms Mukherji said.
``For anyone in a wheelchair, or anyone at all for that matter, independence and mobility are two of the most important things and when they are taken away or diminished, it has an enormous impact on a person’s quality of life as well as their physical and emotional wellbeing.’’
``As a result of that diminished mobility, Jeffrey became quite depressed and anxious in the confines of his own home,’’ Ms Mukherji said.
``As a result of the injuries, Jeffrey was no longer able to enjoy some of the day-to-day activities most people take for granted. For example, he used to catch public transport to go and see his children or watch his beloved West Coast Eagles play when they were in town,’’ she said.
``After the accident he was unable to do those things.’’
Slater and Gordon negotiated a six-figure settlement from the Transport Accident Commission, which acknowledged the significant consequences of the accident.
``In this case the TAC accepted that the accident was in no part the fault of our client and as a result he received significant compensation for his pain and suffering,’’ Ms Mukherji said.
``A lot of people don’t realise that if they are injured in any form of motor vehicle accident, whether they are a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, pedestrian or cyclist, they may be entitled to benefits under the Transport Accident Act and that is why it is vital they seek legal advice if they find themselves in that unfortunate situation.’’
Slater and Gordon has a dedicated team committed to ensuring accident victims receive the maximum possible compensation for their pain and suffering and loss of income.