21 January 2010
Woman left brain damaged due to car accident to get compensation
A woman who suffered brain damage in a car accident five years ago is to be awarded compensation.
In February 2005, Margaret Howard was struck by a reversing vehicle in the small town of Rochford - which is located just over 40 miles from central London - the Essex Echo reports.
According to the publication, the 67-year-old has succeeded in securing a multi-million pound settlement, although the exact amount has not been decided.
So serious were the injuries she sustained that she is now reliant on her partner, Derek Pledger, who has become her full-time carer.
He stated: "It's turned our lives upside down. It's been a traumatic experience. Next month will be five years since the accident and things haven't moved on too far."
Ms Howard used to be a lively individual who enjoyed gardening, bingo and holidays but now this is not possible, he added.
The case is set to go to a further hearing concerning the level of the compensation, planned for July.