Hit and run

Philippa Hope approached Jodi Gordon at a walking and cycling event in October and described how she had been involved in a road traffic incident in January.

At around 5.00pm on 22nd January, Philippa was making her way from work at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh to the bus stop on Old Dalkeith Road. She was walking along the pavement when suddenly a car mounted the pavement and knocked her to the ground. Astonishingly, the driver didn’t stop and drove off.

Luckily, a witness, travelling behind the car followed it and got a note of the registration number. He then phoned the Police before returning to the scene to help Philippa who required medical treatment for her injuries from paramedics.

Initially, Philippa thought the Police would deal with matters and her main concern was that the driver should be apprehended and charged.

Although the police didn’t attend the accident, they did speak to Philippa and were also away of the vehicle registration number. For several weeks and months, nothing appeared to be happening.

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Police finally trace driver but it was too late to bring charges

Philippa felt she was getting the run-around and her case was being passed from pillar to post. Eventually, the police told her that they had been unable to trace the driver of the vehicle. Whilst they had details of the vehicle registration number, they could not verify who the driver had been at the time of the collision given that there were a number of people named on the insurance policy.

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Pedestrian Law Scotland raise court action

Philippa was extremely disappointed with the police investigation and therefore discussed matters with Jodi Gordon when she met with her. Jodi explained to Philippa that she was entitled to claim damages in civil law and, as Pedestrian Law Scotland are experts in claiming damages for those injured in road traffic collisions, Jodi agreed to take her case on.

A claim was intimated to the driver’s insurance company and liability was admitted. Several offers were made to settle Philippa’s case, but the offers made were far too low. Although fortunate not to have sustained a serious injury, Philippa did damage her pelvis and needed on-going chiropractic treatment. Faced with an insurance company failing to increase a low offer, Jodi raised Philippa’s case in the Sheriff Court and within six weeks of the action being raised, a more sensible offer of £5,445 was put forward and duly accepted.

Our Award Winning Team

Brenda Mitchell - Senior Partner

Brenda Mitchell

Senior Partner

Brenda has been a Personal Injury Lawyer for over 35 years and for the last 20 years has specialised representing injured motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Jodi Gordon - Partner

Jodi Gordon


Jodi has predominantly represented cyclists involved in road traffic collisions and specialises in assisting those who have suffered very serious and complex injury.

Thomas Mitchell - Associate

Thomas Mitchell


Thomas represents clients who have been involved in road traffic incidents and he specialises in representing vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

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