Victory at last for woman knocked down on crossing

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Victory at last for woman knocked down on crossing

25th August 2009

A Middlesex woman left with horrific injuries when a car ploughed into her on a pedestrian crossing has finally won her battle for compensation.

Nicola Potts, of Broad Lane, Hampton, has finally received a substantial settlement, more than three years after the car drove into her and a friend on the evening of 19 February 2006.

Ms Potts was half-way across the pedestrian crossing on the A309 Hampton Court Way in Middlesex, when the Volkswagen Golf hit both her and her friend at around 7.30pm.

"It was raining, and I recall that my friend was holding an umbrella over each of us," said Ms Potts.

"When we got to the crossing we looked back up Hampton Court Way towards Ditton Field, which was the direction the traffic was coming from. There were no cars in sight so we stepped out on to the crossing. I don't remember any other events until waking up in the hospital.

"I was later told that I was knocked some considerable distance along the road," she said. "I briefly recall being taken somewhere by ambulance, and when I arrived there I was more conscious."

Ms Potts was taken to Kingston Hospital in Galworthy Road, Kingston upon Thames, where she remained for six weeks. She received treatment and underwent a number of operations for a catalogue of injuries including a fractured wrist, fractured leg, shattered pelvis, fractured cheekbone, bruising to the leg and face and cracked upper teeth. She had also sustained injuries to her head.

"The extent of Nicola's injuries was horrific," said Joanna Bailey, personal injury specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, who represented Ms Potts.

"The unusual factor in this case is that the CCTV footage showed that the driver took no evasive action," said Ms Bailey. "The road on each side of the crossing is divided into two lanes, but the driver - who was travelling in the outer lane - failed to move into the inside lane, even though there was no other vehicle there.

"Perhaps more crucially, the footage showed that the driver failed to brake at all before colliding with Nicola and her friend," said Ms Bailey. "The footage suggests that the driver was not driving at excessive speed - I'm sure that had he been looking, a touch to his brakes would have made all the difference."

Following the incident, Ms Potts, who worked as a self-employed legal secretary at the time, was discharged from hospital with limited mobility. She was unable to leave her home on her own for several months, and still suffers pain from her injuries.

"She had pain in her right knee when she knelt or climbed stairs, aching in her wrist at times, lower back ache and had significantly reduced mobility, walking with a limp," said Ms Bailey. "Nicola was fortunate to have been very fit at the time of the accident, and despite a serious injury to her hip, which required surgery and physiotherapy, she has largely overcome a reduction in the range of movement in her right hip."

Ms Potts, who is currently seeking employment, said she was glad to be able to put the whole incident behind her and move on with her life.

"I have tried to tackle my injuries by working hard to recover and get back to the life I had before," said Ms Potts. "But there have been times I have found this very difficult and a huge financial worry. I am used to being financially and emotionally independent and the accident has tuned my life upside down.

"Now that the case is settled, I can look forward to trying to get on with my life," she said.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of road traffic 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.