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79-year-old injured in car crash awarded £125,000

A 79-year-old woman who was seriously injured in a road accident has been awarded £125,000 compensation.

The woman was a passenger in the front seat when the driver lost control as she accelerated towards a roundabout. The car rolled over as the driver’s side clipped the concrete skirt of the roundabout.

The passenger suffered multiple injuries including a fractured sternum, fractured ribs, a punctured lung and fractures to her spine.

Her injuries meant she was unable to stand for longer than 20 minutes or walk more than a few hundred yards without a walking aid. She had to use a wheelchair for any longer distances.

Handrails had to be fitted in her house and the toilet seats were raised. She also used a walking stick and a bath seat.

She relied on her husband and daughters for general assistance and domestic help. She also had to stop providing childcare for her daughter, resulting in her daughter having to pay childcare fees.

Doctors said her posture had changed because of her injuries and she would always suffer pain and stiffness. She also experienced ongoing respiratory problems.

She took legal action against the driver of the car, alleging that she had been negligent in failing to control the vehicle properly.

The driver admitted liability and agreed to an out-of-court settlement of £125,000.

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