24 September 2008
Woman awarded five-figure sum after road accident
A woman who was forced to give up her job as a result of the injuries she suffered in a road accident has been awarded a five-figure sum in compensation by insurers in an out-of-court settlement.
In September 2004, Lisa Partington was parked in a stationary line of traffic in East Midlands county of Derbyshire the when the car she was driving was shunted twice by vehicles which failed to stop in time, the Sunday Mercury reports.
She was left with facial injuries as a result of the impact, which doctors initially thought would subside.
However, the 36-year-old continued to experience pain and swelling and was told by a maxillo-facial specialist nine months after the smash that her symptoms - which include swelling and discolouration in very hot or cold weather - may be permanent.
She stated: "It's hard not to be self conscious about the bruising and swelling on my face. At times it looks as though I've been beaten up and strangers will often just stare at me."
Ms Partington has now returned to work, but has taken a less well paid role which does not involve meeting strangers.