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Hit and Run in Portugal

Whilst in Portugal on business, our client was knocked down and injured by a hit-and-run driver. He sustained serious injuries and was unable to work for several months after the accident.

Although enquiries were made by the local Portuguese police, the driver could not be traced. A claim was made to the Guarantee Fund in Portugal, which handles road traffic accident claims when the defendant driver cannot be traced, but liability was disputed and court proceedings were issued in Portugal against the Fund.

Following long proceedings and a trial in Portugal, the court found in favour of our client and awarded him compensation for his pain and suffering and loss of earnings in excess of €35,000.

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