30 March 2009
Head injury victim to receive compensation
A woman who suffered serious damage to her head as a result of a car accident is to receive a payout.
During a recent hearing, it was ruled that West Sussex county council was partly liable for the injuries sustained by Sarah Caroline Russell because it had failed to maintain the height of a roadside verge where the crash happened, the Argus reports.
The incident occurred in March 2004 near the hamlet of Warnham in Horsham.
Ms Russell had been driving her son to school when her car travelled over a patch of ice, causing her to skid off the road.
She steered back on to the carriageway but the uneven verge meant she over-corrected and swerved off the road again, hitting a tree.
If the amount of compensation Ms Russell is to be awarded cannot be settled in the interim, a further hearing will take place.
According to her legal team, the figure could be a six or even seven figure sum due to the severity of her injuries.