23 November 2009
Pensioner seeks compensation over facial injuries
A woman is seeking compensation after a loose barrier at Doncaster Racecourse left her needing surgery.
Joyce Richmond, now aged 74, suffered facial injuries in October 2007 after a length of wire temporarily securing the barrier had been removed, the Sheffield Star reports.
It swung down and went through the windscreen of her car into her face, causing her to lose the sight in one eye as well as her sense of taste.
Doncaster Crown Court has fined the racecourse - which recently underwent a £34 million redevelopment - £25,000 plus costs after Doncaster Racecourse Management admitted two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
But the news source noted that Mrs Richmond is pursuing a separate civil claim for compensation, with her son explaining she had been "on a long hard road" since the incident.
She still suffers occasional panic attacks, he said, although she has been able to resume driving and walks her dog near the area.