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Nurse awarded £45k in compensation for neck and back injuries

Nurse awarded £45k in compensation for neck and back injuries

A nurse who seriously injured her back and neck in a workplace accident has secured a payout of £45,000.

Jacqueline Crowe was attempting to move a bed in South Moor Hospital in order to change the sheets when the incident occurred.

A brake release on the bed failed, so when she pulled it towards her, she jarred her back and neck.

So severe was the damage caused that she has been unable to return to work since and has developed depression.

She must also take strong pain killers every day.

Recently, the 46-year-old settled her legal case with Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which serves a population of around 1.2 million.

Ms Crowe stated: "I worked as a nurse for more than 20 years and enjoyed my career.

"Lifting and handling was a large part of my job and I had been trained in the correct techniques. However, the bed's brake was faulty and the simplest move has led to me being unable to work."