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Devastated teenager receives £250,000 after right foot amputation
A schoolgirl who tragically had to have her right foot amputated after it was crushed under the wheel of a double-decker bus has received £250,000 in an out of court settlement.
The teenager suffered such horrific damage to her toes that doctors were left with no other option but to amputate her foot after a number of unsuccessful operations to save it.
“My client’s amputation was obviously a devastating blow to have to handle at such a young age but she showed a remarkable determination to come to terms with her injury and move on with her life,” said Richard Duxbury, a catastrophic injuries lawyer at Fentons Solicitors LLP.
“My client had just stepped onto a pedestrian crossing near her home when a bus suddenly appeared from around a bend and ran over her right foot,” he added. “Unfortunately, the site is well known amongst locals for the speed at which vehicles appear around the bend and for how close they come to the kerb as they approach the crossing.”
After she was rushed to hospital, the young woman underwent surgery to have her crushed toes fixed in place with wire. The next day she was transferred to another hospital where doctors amputated her fourth and fifth toes. Over the following month, she had further surgery to remove part of her sole, but when doctors became aware that her big toe wasn’t getting enough blood they decided to amputate her foot below the ankle.
“In just a single moment, my client’s entire life was turned upside down,” said Richard, an associate with the firm. “Over the next two years, her family had to help their daughter each and every day with her daily commute to and from school and whenever she left the house. Whilst at home, because she found it so difficult and painful standing for any length of time, they also helped her with getting dressed and bathing and whenever she needed to carry anything around the house. Throughout this time, her foot remained extremely sensitive and painful and she underwent extensive rehabilitation learning how to balance and walk again using a prosthetic foot.”
Richard said that although the teenage girl’s confidence was initially rocked and she struggled to deal with the massive psychological trauma her amputation caused her and all the invasive treatment she had to endure as a result, she has since shown incredible resilience in refusing to let her injury get the better of her.
“Although she found it particularly distressing that she couldn’t participate in many of the things her friends and peers naturally took for granted,” said Richard, “she must be commended for the considerable courage she has since shown in dealing with her pain and in constantly striving to live as normal and independent a life as possible.”
Although liability was never admitted, Richard settled the claim on behalf of his client for £250,000.
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