Elderly woman hit by car on zebra crossing receives £30,000

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Elderly woman hit by car on zebra crossing receives £30,000

18th June 2013

An elderly woman who was struck by a car on a zebra crossing near her home has received £30,000 in an out of court settlement.

Harvinder Kaur, a road accident specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the South London pensioner, who is in her 70s, was pushing her trolley basket along her local high street when the incident occurred more than three years ago.

“When my client stepped onto the zebra crossing, a motorist stopped her car to allow her to cross,” said Harvinder. “But just as she was halfway across the road, a police car suddenly appeared and drove up behind the motorist with its lights and siren on.”

The driver then appeared to panic and when she tried to get out of the way of the police car she drove straight towards the elderly woman. “My client tried moving out of the way of the motorist’s path,” said Harvinder, “but the car was approaching too quickly and as she turned her body she twisted her right knee and felt a sharp pain.

“The next thing she knew there was a terrific jolt as the car’s bumper struck the same knee,” she added. “My client hit the bonnet and then fell onto the ground where she landed hard on her shoulder. She said although it all seemed to happen so quickly she remembered how her knee immediately began to swell up.”

The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital but was sent home after being fitted with a knee brace and crutches when scans revealed she hadn’t broken any bones.

“My client’s knee remained extremely painful for several months and meant she couldn’t walk or bear any weight on her injured leg without pain,” said Harvinder. “At the time of her accident, she was working part-time as a co-ordinator for an elderly club, helping other elderly people with their shopping and with things like getting on and off buses. It was a job she had enjoyed for many years and she had no plans to retire. Sadly her injury meant she was unable to return to the role and she suffered severe depression as a result.

“Unfortunately my client’s right knee hasn’t been the same since her accident,” added Harvinder. “Despite having received extensive physiotherapy, she continues to suffer intermittent pain, she now walks with a limp and she has had to use a walking stick for the last three years.”

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