A former firefighter has secured £36,000 after breaking his left leg when he was hit by a car.

53-year-old Peter Moore was walking across a junction in north London when a car came around the corner and knocked him to the ground, crushing his left leg.

He was rushed to A&E where surgeons inserted a rod into his lower leg to restructure the bone which had snapped in the impact.

Such was the severity of the injury that Mr Moore needed nine months off work to recover before he was finally able to return to work on a part-time basis before he retired. He is now a self-employed builder and electrician, but continues to suffer with discomfort from his injury more than three years later.

Following the accident Peter contacted the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and instructed road traffic accident specialists, Thompsons Solicitors, to investigate a claim for damages.

Peter said: “The accident has left me feeling anxious walking along roads. I still fear that something like this could happen to me again. The accident left me in complete agony and unable to walk around because of the seriousness of my injury. It has had a real impact on my life.

“I’m very grateful for the help of my union and Thompsons Solicitors. Not only did I get my compensation in full, but Thompsons also made sure that I had treatment and physiotherapy while the case was ongoing.”

Dave Green, from the FBU, said: “Our member was left housebound and out of work for almost a year, due to a careless driver who failed to pay attention on the road.

“Thankfully, through the FBU’s legal scheme, Peter has been able to take advantage of expert legal representation as part of his membership and got 100% of his settlement with no fees deducted.”

Ann-Marie Christie, of Thompsons Solicitors, said: “This is just another example of the dangers pedestrians face every day, especially on busy roads in urban areas. Just one lapse in concentration can have horrendous consequences for other road users.

“Fortunately Peter’s accident, although very serious, was not fatal and he has been able to recover well enough to carry on with his life.”