Damages for pensioner left unable to walk unaided after collision

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Damages for pensioner left unable to walk unaided after collision

22nd March 2012

A pensioner has received £60,000 in compensation after a freak accident left her unable to walk without assistance.

The lady, who is in her 70s, was sitting down in the back seat of the vehicle when the driver accidentally accelerated into a tree. She sustained a serious leg injury when the force of the impact threw her forwards into the front seat.

Arthur Keitch, a serious injuries expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said his client had been left with massive mobility issues as a result. “After undergoing a recent knee replacement operation, my client had enjoyed a full and independent life,” said Arthur, an associate with the firm. “But following this incident she has been left with permanent damage to her leg.

“My client, who didn’t even have time to put her seatbelt on, was thrown violently into the front seat,” added Arthur. “Unfortunately, her left leg took most of the impact and she suffered a broken femur just above her prosthetic knee which was left damaged.”

The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital where she remained for three weeks while a replacement prosthetic knee was custom-made for her. She then underwent a replacement knee operation at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital before she was allowed home.

“My client was issued with a Zimmer frame as she was unable to walk unaided,” said Arthur. “When she returned home, her family looked after her and provided help with her personal hygiene, preparing meals and food shopping. As she wasn’t able to climb the stairs to her bedroom, her bed was brought downstairs and placed in the dining room where it stayed for the next eight weeks.

“Despite several months of extensive physiotherapy, my client still cannot fully straighten her left leg,” he added. “She developed complex regional pain syndrome as a direct result of her injury and although her symptoms have now subsided, she has been left with a considerably weakened left leg as well as persistent ongoing pain within her left foot.

“My client still cannot walk without assistance and she continues to need two walking sticks for support every time she goes outside,” said Arthur. “Her lost mobility has affected both her confidence and independence, and she requires help with everyday tasks whilst at home. We hope the settlement she has received helps as she continues to adapt to the impact this incident has had upon her life.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of serious head and brain injuries.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.