Passenger receives compensation after collision with tree

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Passenger receives compensation after collision with tree

2nd December 2011

A young woman who had to be dragged from the wreckage after the car she was travelling in collided with a tree, has received more than £47,000 in damages in an out of court settlement.

The woman in her 20s has been left with a permanent back injury after the driver lost control, hit a bank of mud and their car was launched through the air and slammed into the tree.

“This was a terrifying ordeal,” said Arthur Keitch, a road traffic collisions expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP. “The car immediately began filling with smoke, and the driver had to push her through the passenger door as his own door was jammed. When he placed her on the ground, she lay in shock, struggling to breathe and unable to move.”

The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance, where x-rays confirmed she had fractured her spine. “She had fractured her vertebrae and had soft tissue injuries to her neck, back and ribs,” said Arthur, an associate with the firm. “She received treatment and was allowed to go home, but when she woke the following day she was in agony and unable to move her arms and legs.

“She remained in bed for the next two weeks, unable even to sit up and relying on her family to carry her to the toilet and bathroom. For the next seven months she continued to rely on others to help care for her.”

Over the next two years the claimant attended her GP and local hospital on a number of occasions for further tests to investigate the ongoing pain. She was eventually told that there was nothing that could be done for her and that surgery was not an option.

“My client’s last five years have been nothing short of horrendous,” said Arthur. “After losing her job working in a fast-food restaurant as a direct result of her back injuries, she was able to find intermittent employment before she was forced to give up work on account of her pain.

“My client continues to suffer severe back pain on a daily basis, and her medication often causes her to feel nauseous, drowsy and exhausted,” said Arthur. “As a result, she has difficulty concentrating and she cannot go out alone in case she falls or passes out – something which has already happened on several occasions.

“It is hoped the settlement she has now received will help my client as she decides what to do with her future,” he said.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of road traffic collisions.

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