17 June 2009
Teacher seeks £300k in compensation over head injuries
A teacher who sustained injuries to her head when a branch fell on her during a country walk is seeking compensation of £300,000.
Doreen Prior suffered cuts to her head and her legal team claim she has suffered from tiredness and an impaired memory since the accident two years ago.
The 58-year-old has also been unable to return to work and now fears losing her home as a result of not being able to keep up with her bills.
Ms Prior is suing the Environment Agency, which is responsible to the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.
She claims that her injuries could have been avoided if proper safety checks had been conducted.
Commenting on the case, she said: "I'm just so worried this could happen to a child with all the families that come down here. It was right on the path. It's a very strange case."