Pensioner left unconscious for three days following collision receives damages

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Pensioner left unconscious for three days following collision receives damages

10th August 2012

A pensioner who had to be cut unconscious from the wreckage of the car she was travelling in following a collision with a lorry has received £55,000 in an out of court settlement.

Daniel Denton, a road accident claims specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the West Country woman was being driven by her husband on their way to visiting family in Scotland, when the incident occurred more than two years ago.

“My client’s husband was attempting to turn right off a main road,” said Daniel, a legal executive with the firm. “Unfortunately, he misjudged the speed of an oncoming lorry and turned directly across its path, leaving the lorry driver, who was travelling at around 40mph, no time to avoid colliding with the passenger side of their car.

“My client was sat in the front passenger seat and was knocked unconscious,” added Daniel. “She next remembers waking up in intensive care three days later having suffered injuries to her head and face as well as a punctured lung and fractures to her left hip and ribs.”

Daniel said his client was incredibly lucky she wasn’t killed and can remember nothing about the collision itself. “The severe concussion she suffered led to pre-traumatic and post-traumatic amnesia,” he said, “and her last memory prior to the crash involved having dinner with her husband and friends on the night before the accident.” 

After spending six weeks in hospital, the woman, who is in her 60s, was sent home on crutches. Over the next six months, during which time she relied heavily upon her niece and husband for help with her mobility and personal care, she suffered problems with her co-ordination as well as almost nightly insomnia, headaches and frequent dizzy spells. Following a CT scan, her doctors attributed her symptoms to ‘post-concussional syndrome,’ a disorder commonly experienced following a significant blow to the head.

“In the months following her accident, my client continued to suffer with considerable pain in her hip and chest and underwent extensive physiotherapy on her left leg,” said Daniel. “Unsurprisingly, it took several weeks before she felt comfortable enough to travel in a car again and owing to her diminished co-ordination, even longer before she was able to walk downhill or over uneven ground without fear of falling.

“My client has been left with one leg slightly shorter than the other and will walk with a limp for the rest of her life,” added Daniel. “Despite suffering life-threatening injuries, she has recovered extremely well and her post-concussional symptoms have gradually resolved. Although she will need a full hip replacement in the next two years and she is at risk of developing epilepsy in the future, she is now very keen to put the accident behind her and we wish her all the best for the future.”

After liability was admitted, Daniel settled the claim on behalf of his client for £55,000 in June 2012.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims relating to serious road accidents.

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