19 September 2008
Girl fights for payout after road accident causes serious injuries
A teenager who suffered serious injuries when an ambulance crashed into the car she was driving is fighting to secure compensation, it has been revealed.
Jessica Barnett was travelling on the A32 just north of the small market town of Wickham in Hampshire when the incident occurred.
She was in a coma for 18 days and went on to suffer from post-traumatic amnesia for three months, the Southern Daily Echo reports.
In addition, Ms Barnett was left with facial scarring, impaired upper limb coordination, speech difficulties and severe visual damage.
The 18-year-old is suing ambulance driver Andrew Collis and the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust in an attempt to secure a seven-figure payout.
Both Mr Collis and the NHS trust deny liability.
During a recent hearing, a judge agreed to adjourn the case so that new evidence can be secured. It is now scheduled to begin in June next year.
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