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Nurse Wins Compensation after Car Accident

Nurse Wins Compensation after Car Accident

A Norwegian woman has won a compensation settlement from an insurance company after a car accident left her with serious injuries.

Hilde Kongstein, 29, from Norway, was visiting London with a friend in 2010 as part of a sightseeing trip.

Ms Kongstein, a nurse by profession, was walking past Holborn London Underground station when she was pinned against some railings when a car crashed into her.

The motorist had fallen ill at the wheel and lost control of his car and after the accident his foot remained on the accelerator, pushing the woman against the wall and furthering her already serious injuries.

After being rushed to hospital, Ms Kongstein was diagnosed with fractures and lacerations to both of her legs, while her main nerve in her left leg was also damaged.

The driver died after the accident, but his insurers denied liability, reports the London Evening Standard.

However, as the case was due to be brought to court, the insurance company changed tack and agreed an undisclosed six-figure settlement with the woman to cover her lost earnings and rehabilitation.

Although the compensation is important to Ms Kongstein, she still suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that affects her daily life.

"It is incredibly hard to come to terms with the fact that my life will never be the same again. I remember realising I was unable to escape as the car continued to press into my legs. I was terrified and panicking," she said.

"I have not been able to return to full-time work as I am unable to cope with the physical demands of my previous job."

However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the 29-year-old who claims that the compensation settlement will allow her to access "vital treatment" that will help with her recovery.

Ms Kongstein is now optimistic that with specialist help she will be able to rebuild her life and make a fresh start.

By Chris Stevenson