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Woman awarded £4.25m after coach crash abroad

A young woman who sustained horrific injuries including 96% burns in a coach crash abroad has been awarded £4.25m compensation.

The 22-year-old was a passenger on the coach when it crashed into the side of a mountain and caught fire.

She suffered 96% full-thickness burns, rib fractures, kidney failure, pulmonary embolisms and post-traumatic stress disorder. All her injuries and symptoms were permanent.

The injuries left her disfigured despite multiple reconstructive surgeries including skin grafting.

Her vision was significantly restricted, which affected her ability to view the television and she had difficulty reading. She had to be accompanied when she went out because she was unable to see writing on signposts or street names, recognise people, see the edges of pavements or holes in the road. She was unable to drive.

Her memory, concentration, speed of thinking and organisational skills were affected and she also experienced some changes of personality.

She took legal action against the coach firm, claiming that it was negligent in failing to adequately maintain the coach. The firm admitted liability.

The two sides agreed an out-of-court settlement of £4.25m. This was to compensate for her pain and suffering, and loss of future earnings, and to cover her future care costs.
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