20 March 2009
Brain injury victim seeks compensation
A woman who suffered severe head injuries while working as a dinner lady is taking legal action in a bid to secure compensation.
Michelle Orchard sustained brain damage when a pupil at the school she was employed by ran into her during a game of "tag".
The 13-year-old fell into her backwards, hitting her face with the back of his head, the Telegraph reports.
As well as causing damage to her teeth and breaking her nose, the impact led to led to partial paralysis and balance problems.
Ms Orchard had to spend six weeks in hospital and has not returned to work since the accident, which occurred in 2004 at Corfe Hills School in Corfe Mullen - a large village located near the north-western fringe of the Poole-Bournemouth conurbation.
During a recent appeal court hearing, Lord Justice Waller, Lord Justice Rimer and Lord Justice Aikens reserved judgement on her fight for compensation until a later date.