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The European Compensation Center effectively services its clients in five European countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania). Since 2004 we have provided assistance in over 70,000 compensation cases, which is why we can boast of great experience and an extensive case portfolio. Below we present a few selected histories which will help illustrate ECC’s role in claim settlement cases and how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

History:

In June 1999, near Olsztyn (PL), there was a tragic car accident, in which two people were killed on spot. Renata D. orphaned son, 2-year-old Kamil, who has so far stayed under the care of his father and grandparents. Unfortunately, the boy's father, couldn't bear the loss of beloved wife and in less than a year after the tragedy, died of a heart attack, aged just 36 years. As a result of these dramatic events full parental rights over the 2-year-old were taken over by his grandparents, but over the years it became clear that they are not able to replace Kamil's parents. The boy has discovered the truth about his parents fate in 2010. Today he is 17 years old high-school student.

Insurance company's offer:

Last year, grandparents of Kamil, on his behalf, have sent a letter demanding a compensation for the death of his mother. In response, the Insurance company has refused to pay out any funds thus the case went to the Court of law.

Compensation received:

On behalf of Kamil, the European Compensation Center was able to get 100.000 PLN as a compensation for loss of beloved mother. In February 2014, the Insurance company has lodged an appeal but the Court of Second Instance upheld the previous sentence.

History:

In August 2011, on one of settlements in the city of Poznan (PL), occurs a seemingly harmless fall. Cathrine K., a 33 year-old woman was on the way to the bus stop but she stumbled and fell due to damaged sidewalk panel. As a result, she fractured her right shoulder and experienced an extensive abrasion of left leg. The injury has reduced all kind of activities she was doing before the accident. The most important inconvenience was the lack of ability to take care of her sick father, thus it was necessary to hire a professional nurse. Cathrine has a huge scar on her left leg, which prevents her from a free choice of clothing.

Insurance company's offer:

The insurance company has offered 6000 PLN as a compensation, suggesting that Cathrine should have seen damaged part of the sidewalk, thus she could avoid the accident if she was more careful.

Compensation received:

European Compensation Center, acted on behalf of Cathrine before the Court of law. Expert opinion in the field of medicine, pointed to the overall 8% irreversible damage to health - the Court of First Instance sentenced a total of 20,000 PLN of compensation (2500 PLN per 1% of damage) and reimbursement of the cost of care for a sick father. In January 2014, the Insurance company lodged an appeal but the Court of Second Instance has upheld previous sentence.

History:

On August 21, 2010, 4.5 year old Robert G. was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his mother that got involved in a car accident. As the result, the child suffered damage to the central nervous system which led to paralysis of the four limbs and respiratory failure.

Insurance company’s offer:

At the stage of liquidation proceedings, the insurance company of the accident perpetrator paid compensation in the amount of only 180 000 PLN. The defendant’s insurer asked the court to dismiss the claim entirely stating that the compensation paid to the 4.5 year old was adequate to the injuries received by the child and that there were no basis for a disability allowance as the costs of the treatment, including rehabilitation, were to be covered by the National Health Fund (NFZ).

Compensation received:

As the result of the actions taken by the European Compensation Center in representing the injured child, on September 19, 2013, the Regional Court in Gdańsk ordered that the insurance company shall pay over 1 300 000 PLN and a monthly disability allowance of 11 236 PLN.

History:
On March 28, 2008, in Zawoja, a driver of Daewoo Lanos, travelling at 80 km/h in the area with the allowed speed limit of 50 km/h, hit a nine year old Bartek G. who was crossing the street.

The little boy was rushed to the District Hospital where he underwent an emergency operation. On March 31, 2008, diagnosed with concussion, an open wound on the forehead and a contusion of the right knee, Bartek was discharged home. During further treatment, the child was also diagnosed with a forced position of the head with a tendency to lean, no plantar nor ankle reflex in the left limb and a constricting pain in the cervical vertebrae, as well as psychological changes, emotional disorders, anxiety, depressive symptoms and very frequent headaches with vertigo as a result of a traumatic head injury. On September 8, 2008, the Adjudication Panel of Counseling Center for People with Learning Disabilities in Sucha Beskidzka held that the boy requires special individual classes at home to get primary education as his mental and physical state made it impossible for him to continue education at school. According to the child’s neurologist, the diagnosis of post traumatic autism, deep emotional disorders and epilepsy with absence seizures leaves no options for Bartek but to take the individual classes. Before the accident, Bartek was a normal child with lots of energy, very active and curious about the world. He had been developing normally and never had problems with health or in school. Unfortunately, the accident turned a happy little boy into a physically limited person who requires constant care and assistance of others.

Insurance company’s offer:
After taking into account the level of the involvement of 50%, the insurance company paid a compensation of 80 000 PLN and partially covered the costs of the treatment.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure a sum of 500 000 PLN, reduced by the level of the involvement of 20% (not 50% previously offered by the Insurer). The rest of the sum (400 000 PLN) was reduced by 80 000 PLN that had been already paid out to the injured party. In addition, the Court of Appeal ordered the insurance company to pay another 320 000 PLN as a compensation, the capitalized monthly allowances for the period from April 1, 2008 to December 31, 2012 in the amount of 93 751 PLN and to cover the court costs.

History:
On February 13, 2007, in the town of Słopnice, Władysław B., a careless driver of VW Golf, hit a seven year old Józio K. who was returning from school. The boy ran out on the street right in front of the Golf after he saw a car of his mother who was coming to pick him up. Władysław B. was driving at the speed of 70-80 km/h in the area close to a school with the allowed speed limit of 50 km/h. An expert in the vehicular accident reconstruction stated that if the driver had kept up with the speed limit of 50 km/h, he would have managed to stop the vehicle and avoid the accident. As the result of the accident, little Józio suffered from craniocerebral trauma with contusion of the brain, including the brainstem and epidural hematomas. Despite a long period of treatment, Józio still remains in a vegetative state. The insurance provider of the person who caused the accident, after taking into account the level of the involvement, paid damages of 140 000 PLN and partially covered the costs of the treatment. On November 26, 2010, the ECC Law Office filed a lawsuit demanding that the Insurer pays an additional sum of 300 000 PLN plus interest to the day of the payment for the damages caused by their client and covers the court costs, including legal representation costs raised to the amount of 14 400 PLN. The claim was supported by a medical expert who confirmed that the injuries received in the accident will force the little boy to the persistent vegetative state and the complete exclusion from the social and family life.

Insurance company’s offer:
After taking into account the level of the involvement, the insurance company paid a compensation of 140 000 PLN and partially covered the costs of the treatment.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure a sum of 600 000 PLN, reduced by 30% of the level of the involvement. The rest of the sum (420 000 PLN) was reduced by 140 000 PLN that had been already paid out to the injured party. In addition, the Court of Appeal ordered the insurance company to pay another 320 000 PLN plus interest and to cover the court costs.

History:
On the 12th of June 2010 Mr. Andrew K. was hit by a careless driver driving a Citroen on a marked pedestrian crossing in Kielce. As a result of the accident Mr. Andrew received internal injuries as well as many broken bones and hematomas. During his hospital stay he was also diagnosed with severe respiratory distress and epilepsy, both a result of the accident. Complications which took place during ensuing treatment led to multiple hospital stays, during which the patient required numerous operations. Once  active and full of life, a sports enthusiast and social person, Mr. Andrew became a person with a considerable degree of disability, unable to work and take care of himself, requiring constant case and assistance.

Insurance company’s offer:
Mr. Andrew’s insurance company offered him a sum of 35,500 PLN as compensation. Mr. Andrew turned to us for assistance in receiving a higher sum.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure a sum of 360K PLN.

History:
An accident occurred on the 21st of September 2009 near Wroclaw, due to which the driver of a Ford Escort, Mr. Mieczyslaw D., incurred injuries. The accident caused many internal injuries and external injuries as well as breaks and injuries to the bones. Long treatment and rehab required performing a few surgeries, including removing the spleen. A head injury caused much suffering, including chronic pain and stress, memory, concentration and sleeping problems as well as mental distress resulting in a fear of operating vehicles.

Insurance company’s offer:
The insurance provider offered Mr. Mieczyslaw a sum of 54,500 PLN. He  turned to us for assistance in securing a higher sum.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure a sum of 208,986 PLN. This will not be all because the case is still ongoing.

Historia:
On the 13th of April 2010 Ms. Elizabeth J. was riding a bicycle when she was hit by a driver operating an Iveco truck. As a result of the accident Ms. Elizabeth was rushed to the hospital where the doctors diagnosed multiple internal injuries, including brain injury and edema, broken bones, including the temple bone, as well as other injuries that caused, inter alia, partial loss of movement on the left side of her body.
Ms. Elizabeth’s condition made it necessary for her to undergo long and tedious treatment and rehab. For a long time she was unable to participate in everyday family life and her normal activities, she had to fully rely on the help and care of her family. The injuries she incurred as a result of the accident caused anxiety linked with moving around in traffic zones. Ms. Elizabeth will surely no longer be able to ride a bicycle and will never regain her previous physical deftness.

Insurance company’s offer:
The insurance company where the person responsible for the accident was insured offered Ms. Elizabeth 5K PLN as compensation. She turned to us for assistance in securing a higher sum.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure a sum of 170,083 PLN, which included the following benefits:

1. Financial compensation for incurred injuries, physical and mental suffering amounting to 165K PLN.
2. Compensation for transportation expenses to and from medical facilities – 303.83 PLN.
3. Compensation for care costs – 3789 PLN.
4. Compensation for damaged clothing – 120 PLN.
5. Compensation of medical expenses – 1K PLN.

Historia:
On the 21st of October 2010 the driver of a Mercedes veered off to the opposite lane for an unknown reason and collided with a vehicle driven by Martin M., who – due to incurred injuries – passed away.
The investigation in the matter was discontinued due to the death of the person who caused the accident. A damage liquidation process was carried out by the liquidation center of the insurance provider where the person responsible for an accident had been insured, and the family of the victim was informed that they have been denied compensation.
Hitherto, by running a business, Mr. Martin was able to provide well for his family. Mr. Martin’s wife took care of the home and their two daughters. The death of her husband and father of her children turned her life upside down. Mr. Martin’s family was left without means to support themselves.

Insurance company’s offer:
Denial of compensation.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing Mr. Martin’s family, managed to secure a sum of 190K PLN, encompassing the following benefits:

1. 50K PLN of financial compensation for the daughter of the deceased.
2. 50K PLN of financial compensation for the second daughter of the deceased.
3. 30K PLN compensation for the wife due to worsened living conditions following the death of her husband.
4. 30K PLN as compensation for the daughters due to worsened living conditions following the death of their father.
5. 30K PLN due to a significant deterioration of the family’s living situation.

Historia:
On the 25th of July 2010 a BMW veered off the road and hit a tree. Due to the accident Mr. Przemyslaw M., the vehicle’s passenger sitting beside the driver, incurred numerous and serious injuries.

The hospital where Mr. Przemyslaw was driven to diagnosed, inter alia, vertebral breaks along with spinal dislocation on two levels, a bruised lung and server respiratory distress. Mr. Przemyslaw was handicapped as a result of the accident.

Insurance company’s offer:
The responsible party’s insurance provider offered Mr. Mieczyslaw a sum of 50K PLN.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure a sum of 250K PLN.

History:
On the 22nd of November 2010 Ms. Dorothy Z., while turning to avoid a pedestrian walking in her lane, collided with the pedestrian and then veered off onto the opposite lane and had a head-on collision with a Mercedes Sprinter driven by Mr. Marian N. As a result of the accident Mr. Marian suffered numerous injuries, including numerous breaks, hematomas and internal bleeding as well as internal injuries. The injuries caused respiratory and circulatory failure as well as renal failure.

Once a fit and energetic man, within a single moment Mr. Marian became fully dependent on the care and help of others and hospital personnel. He faced a long road to recovery. Mr. Marian will surely never again be able to live the way he once did and will have to always rely on the   help of others. He will require costly treatment which will have a negative effect on his household budget. Before the accident Mr. Martin ran a small agricultural farm and was the main income earner. Now he must hire others to help on the farm.

Currently Mr. Marian is an inpatient of the Neurological Rehabilitation Ward where he will remain under the care of physicians and undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process. The situation is all the more traumatic as Mr. Marian was a happy person before the accident. He liked going on walks, riding a bike. Now, as a result of his injuries, he is unable to do the things he loved.

Insurance company’s offer :
The insurance provider of the person who caused the accident offered Mr. Marian a sum of 20K PLN.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure a sum of 368,993 PLN.

History:
On the 12th of December 2009 the driver of a Fiat Brava, while driving negligently, collided with a Fiat Ducato. As a result Christopher P., the Fiat’s passenger, incurred serious injuries.

The accident caused Mr. Christopher to suffer extensive injuries. Numerous injuries required long-term medical treatment – or rather, long-term life-saving attempts. As a result the victim was transported to a hospital where – after a series of tests – he was diagnosed with polytrauma, multiple rib and collarbone breaks, damaged veins and organs, internal bleeding and hypothermic shock. After an in-depth examination he was also diagnosed with cerebrovascular disease, cortical blindness as well as severe axonal damage to both fibular nerves. He was also diagnosed with impaired short and long-term memory.

Mr. Christopher spent many months undergoing treatment and rehab in various specialized facilities.

Due to post-accident trauma Mr. Christopher’s movements were greatly impaired. Rehabilitation did not allow him to return to the life he led before the accident – and never will.

Insurance company’s offer :
The insurance provider of the person who caused the accident offered Mr. Christopher a sum of 50K PLN.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed secure a sum of 400K PLN.

History:
On the 11th of August 1999 in the north of Poland a car accident takes place. A woman driving the vehicle loses control over it and hits one of the roadside trees. As a result of the accident 14 year old Paweł sustains minor injuries. Unfortunately, his parents Dorota and Cezary are killed on the spot. Childcare over the boy is provided by his 23 year old sister who confronted with the given situation postpones her plans connected with maternity. After bringing up finishes, it turns out that the woman as a result of deteriorating health condition would never be able to get pregnant.

Insurance company’s offer :
The insurer who bears responsibility for claims adjustment refuses to pay out any funds rejecting claims regarding the incurred personal injury in connection with closest relatives loss. The case goes to the Court, however, it favors the arguments of the insurance company and dismisses the complaint..

Compensation received:
On the behalf of the injured party - the European Compensation Centre lodges an appeal in July 2013. By a valid judgment of the Court of Second Instance Paweł and Magdalena are awarded the amount of 200,000 PLN as personal injury remedy.

History:
On the 27th of September 2009, the father of 16 year-old Ola lost control of his vehicle, in which both of them were driving. The car fell off the road and summersaulted into a river.

Ola was rushed to a Children’s Hospital in L where, after many tests, she was diagnosed with vertebral breaks on the TH9-TH10 level with spinal displacement and Dural sac compression, flaccid paraplegia, a concussion, injury to the abdominal cavity and lungs as well polytrauma.

The girl underwent a series of operations and treatments during five hospital stays at specialized facilities. In  In the meantime she had two UTIs and was diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder – a dysfunction causing difficulty in passing urine. She also underwent a long and painful rehabilitation. Today she is still under the supervision of rehab specialists, an orthopedist, nephrologist, as well as psychologist due to her mental condition.

The accident caused Ola’s life to change dramatically as her physical capacities were greatly reduced. Currently Ola is experiencing great problems linked with everyday life and she is forced to undergo constant treatment and rely on others to take care of her. Paresis is an especially traumatic condition for her, as she is unable to move without a wheelchair.   She will have to live with the consequences of the accident for the rest of her life and will never again be able to function as she once did – work and live like she could have if the accident had never taken place.

Insurance company’s offer:
The insurance provider where Ola’s father was insured offered her a sum of 12K PLN.

Compensation received:
The European Compensation Center, while representing the injured party, managed to secure Ola a sum of 366,769 PLN.

History:
On the 30th of April the driver of a Scania truck collided with a Fiat Doblo driven by Mr. Martin R. – married to Renata R. and the father of three. Mr. Martin died as a result of the accident.

In one second, Mrs. Renata lost her husband, while 16 y.o. Mack, 13 y.o. handicapped Matt and 5 y.o. Mia lost their father.

The death of a loved one, regardless the situation and age, is a great loss and a painful blow – received unexpectedly. The death Mr. Martin, with whom Mrs. Renata and their children had shared their life, was a very difficult situation for them to endure. He was the one who supported his wife and children. Mr. Martin was a business owner, and his salary was his family’s only source of income.
The death of their father and husband caused more than just a strong emotional reaction – it also impacted their feeling of identity, relationships with others and their feeling of stability. Mrs. Renata and her children were forced to learn how to live anew, and to adjust to life without Mr. Martin.

Insurance company’s offer:
Mr. Martin’s insurance provider offered the family a sum of 80K PLN.

Compensation received:
As a result of the activities of the European Compensation Center the family received a sum of 419,350 PLN.

History:

In October 2011 in Masovian voivodship a car accident took place which turned out to have tragic consequences. Two-year-old Paulinka slipped out her grandmother, who was taking care of her, ran out on the street and was knocked down by a car. As a result of this accident Paulinka suffered severe bodily injuries, which probably will make it impossible for her to entirely recover the physical abilities from before the accident.

Insurer’s proposal:

The parents tried to obtain compensation for Paulinka. The first proxy representing them submitted a claim on behalf of the girl to the Insurance Company, in which the accident’s perpetrator had compulsory third party liability insurance. The girl obtained “entire” 1000 PLN. This was the time when the case was taken over by the European Compensation Center.

Obtained compensation:

By judgment of the District Court, dated 30 December, 2015, the case submitted by EuCO Law Company, ended with a success. The judgement was realized in March 2016. The Insurance Company did not decide to appeal and paid the court judgment amounts along with interests, which in sum amounted to more than 1 200 000 PLN.

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History:

Mrs. Jadwiga from Sosnowiec had an accident in 2014. As a result of the event she suffered from: fracture of proximal humeral bone, fractures of transverse and arc C7, fracture of right collar bone and contusive wound of forehead area.

Insurer’s proposal:

Mrs. Jadwiga decided to submit a claim on her own. She submitted entire documentation to the Insurer, who took a stand that her due compensation should amount to 20 500 PLN.

Obtained compensation:

Shortly after the injured person signed the agreement with EuCO. We completed the damage and in June 2016 we submitted it in the form of the appeal to the Insurer. We demanded the Medical Committee with the participation of the injured. As a result of negotiations we obtained for Mrs. Jadwiga an after-payment of 104 500 PLN to the total amount of 125 000 PLN. 

History:

The life of 7-year-old then Marzena changed into a nightmare in October 1998, as her mother, brother and grandmother died in a traffic accident, which she miraculously survived. Marzena was saved by her grandmother’s sacrifice, who covered the girl with her own body at the moment of the crash. The entire blame for the accident is borne by the truck driver, who did not observe a proper distance from the car driven by Marzena’s mother.

Insurer’s proposal:

The European Compensation Center filed a claim on behalf of the aggrieved person for the payment of 175 000 PLN. In response, the Insurance Company refused to pay any funds. It referred to the fact, that Mrs. Marzena had already obtained the compensation at the amount of 45 000 PLN for the harm resulting from the accident. The case was submitted to court.

Obtained compensation:

The Court of First Instance adjudged in favor of the aggrieved person 100 000 PLN. The sentence was not fully satisfying, therefore EuCO filed the appeal on her behalf. The Court of Second Instance responded positively – in total, the woman obtained from the Insurer 175 000 PLN.

History:

In March 2006 Magdalena lost both parents in one moment. The tragedy took place when a car driver, with whom they travelled as passengers, suddenly changed the lane of the road and had a head-on collision with another vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. The sustained injuries were so severe that both parents’ lives could not be saved. They orphaned a two-month-old daughter.

Insurer’s proposal:

After 8,5 years Magdalena’s guardians decided to fight on her behalf for justice and due compensation. Unfortunately, the Insurer refused to pay the redress.

Obtained compensation:

As a result of the actions taken by the European Compensation Center, Magdalena was adjudged 240 000 PLN (120 000 PLN per each parent’s death) along with statutory interests.

 

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History:

In May 2001 a driver of an excavator, Radoslaw W. did not observe the proper caution while changing the traffic lane and carried out this maneuver without adequate safety measures, as a result of which he accidentally knocked down a man on a bike, who died, as a consequence of sustained injuries. The excavator’s driver was not adjudged for the accident. Criminal procedure was in processes, but he committed a suicide and the investigation was discontinued.

Insurer’s proposal:

After the accident, Tomasz, the victim’s son obtained 26 000 PLN of compensation from the Insurer in connection to the significant deterioration of his life situation after losing his father. However, the man decided to fight for more and in July 2012 sued the Insurance Company, demanded the payment of 130 000 PLN of compensation along with statutory interests and covering the costs of judicial proceedings. District Court adjudged for the benefit of Tomasz 60 000 PLN, bearing in mind that he had already received partial compensation from the Insurer and moreover the lawsuit in the remaining scope was dismissed, not burdening any side with judicial costs.

The Insurer appealed from the judgement, explaining that at the moment of the accident there were no reasons to claim that death of the close person could constitute the infringement of material good of the closest family members of the deceased person and to grant them compensation. They also formulated the accusation regarding the end of the limitation period of the claim and asked for the change of judgement and dismissal of the lawsuit.

The Appeal Court accepted the appeal of the Insurance Company and dismissed the entire claim without charging Tomasz with the costs of legal representation, but he was ordered to pay the amount of 3 000 PLN as a partial reimbursement of appeal costs.

In September 2013, the European Compensation Center filed a cassation complaint with the accusation that the judgement in the Appeal Court was issued with the infringement of legal provisions of the proceedings and material law. The Supreme Court accepted the cassation complaint for consideration and after admitting its legitimacy, with the judgement from 2014 dismissed the adjudged verdict of the Appeal Court and remitted the case for re-examination.

Obtained compensation:

The final verdict was issued in March 2015, after re-examination of the case by the Appeal Court. Thanks to the action taken by the European Compensation Center, the court ordered the Insurer to pay the compensation of 80 000 PLN along with statutory interests in favor of the aggrieved, Tomasz, and to pay other costs, including legal representation in the appeal and cassation procedures, court fees and the part of undischarged court costs. In the judgement, the Appeal Court highlighted at the same time, that in fact, no amount of money is able to compensate the loss after death of a close person and alleviate the pain.

History:

12 January 2005 is a date that for long, but tragically, craved into memory of Tomasz and Marek W. There took place a severe traffic accident, during which Witold G., driving a car lost the control over the vehicle and hit into Anna W., walking the roadside. As a result of the sustained injuries, the woman died, which for Tomasz and Marek W. was a huge stroke, as the first one lost his wife, and another lost his loving mother.

Insurer’s proposal:

10 000 PLN as a compensation for death of the mother and 4 000 PLN as the reimbursement of costs that were documented.

Obtained compensation:

According to the Court judgement, which was issued in June 2015, both men were adjudged 100 000 PLN (with statutory interest until 29 November 2013, both in case of the father and the son) The Insurer was also charged with the reimbursement of the costs of the proceedings at the amount of 3600 PLN and obliged to pay 10 000 PLN in favor of the State Treasury as the payment from the petition.

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