17 December 2008
Ex-postal worker secures compensation following traffic accident
A former postal worker from the Northamptonshire market town of Daventry has secured a payout after being injured in a road accident.
Louise Balsom was awarded £419,000 during a recent hearing in Northampton county court for loss of earnings and general damages, the Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports.
The mother-of-two was driving on the A361 when she was shunted by another car from behind, causing her to suffer whiplash injuries to her neck, shoulders and back.
She subsequently went on to develop a condition known as fibromyalgia, which affects the muscles, tendons and ligaments and causes widespread pain.
Although it can develop in anyone, the disorder is more common among women than men, according to the NHS.
Ms Balsom now uses a wheelchair and motorised scooter to get around and says that the money she was awarded will go towards the cost of her care for the rest of her life.