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Woman struck by falling shop sign receives compensation
An East London woman who suffered a mild brain injury and concussion when she was hit by a falling shop front sign has received £61,000 in an out of court settlement.
Harvinder Kaur, a public liability specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the teacher, who is in her 40s, had been walking past a busy high street shop when a section of the store’s metal sign detached and fell on top of her, striking her head, back and leg.
“My client suffered concussion and post-traumatic amnesia and has very little memory of the events following the incident nearly four years ago,” said Harvinder, a solicitor with the firm. “She can vaguely recall being on the ground surrounded by people with her leg bleeding and then being attended to inside the shop the sign belonged to.”
When paramedics arrived, they applied a neck brace and she was taken by ambulance to hospital having suffered an injury to her head, lacerations to her leg and a soft-tissue injury to her spine. After scans were taken of her spine, the woman was kept under observation overnight before she was sent home the following day.
“Immediately after the incident, my client developed a severe migraine-like headache accompanied by blurred vision and feelings of nausea,” said Harvinder. “Over the next two months following her discharge from hospital, she continued to suffer almost daily headaches and dizziness which would often last up to several hours at a time.
“She also developed what became extremely intrusive ongoing neck, shoulder and back pain as well as a host of mild brain injury symptoms commonly associated with severe blows to the skull,” added Harvinder. “These included problems with her balance and fatigue as well as in particular, her short-term memory and ability to concentrate.”
Although the headaches eventually diminished and despite receiving extensive acupuncture, osteopathy and Pilates, the woman continued to suffer severe pains in her neck, spine and lower back as well as significant problems with her balance, memory and concentration.
“Prior to the incident, my client had been a confident, organised and highly motivated individual.” said Harvinder. “However, in the months following her injuries, she began experiencing panic attacks, anxiety and depression and even though she would often feel permanently exhausted, she also suffered ongoing problems with sleeplessness.
“My client is an excellent and dedicated teacher, but sadly she is currently only able to teach part-time,” added Harvinder. “The problems with her memory and concentration – together with the ongoing pain and discomfort she suffers in her neck, back and shoulders - have severely affected her ability to return full-time to her job.”
After liability was admitted, Harvinder settled the claim on behalf of her client for £61,000 in January 2013.
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