21 November 2012
Woman seeks compensation after car collision
Serious injuries sustained during a road traffic accident have resulted in a woman launching a compensation claim for her ordeal.
According to the Sunday Sun, Nicola Barratt suffered a torn liver, two fractured ankles, broken ribs and a head injury when she was struck by a car in Team Valley, Gateshead, in August this year.
The 31-year-old was walking home from work along Queensway North when the Vauxhall Astra being driven by Jamie Malcom mounted the kerb, with the resulting collision knocking her five feet in the air.
Due to the severity of her injuries - which also included extensive cuts and bruises to her back, shoulders and elbows - Ms Barratt had to undergo specialist treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where she was kept for four days.
She also had to use crutches for more than two months after the incident and has required physiotherapy to help her recovery.
Meanwhile, the emotional trauma of the accident also forms part of her legal action against Mr Malcolm, as she claims she still suffers from memory loss and flashbacks of the collision.
Describing the accident, Ms Barratt told the news source the car "came out of nowhere", hit her then struck a tree and a metal bench.
"Luckily I landed in some bushes, which broke my fall a little, but I've still had to come to terms with really painful and debilitating injuries," she stated.
Ms Barratt went on to say that she feels she has missed out on so much over the last three months and although she is "feeling more positive and determined to get better", she is not yet "fit enough to enjoy life as I did before".
"I still need support with day to day jobs around the house from my family and partner," she added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas