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21 October 2016
The victim of an overseas road traffic accident that resulted in 96 per cent burns, was awarded seven-figure compensation for her serious injuries.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Joanne Berry is a principal lawyer specialising in travel claims at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.
Settlement: Seven-figure settlement.
What Happened: Catrin Pugh, 19 at the time of the accident, was returning from a ski season in the French Alps in April 2013 when the coach she was travelling in crashed and burst into flames, killing the driver and injuring dozens of passengers.
Impact: Catrin suffered 96 per cent burns and was given just a one in 1,000 chance of survival. She spent three months in an induced coma and has undergone more than 200 operations and procedures. The trauma to her body has caused permanent damage to her optic nerve, which has left her with no central vision, and she struggles with her grip because of the damage to her hands.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: We were instructed by Catrin to pursue a civil claim against the coach operator following her horrific accident. We secured interim payments so she could access the specialist rehabilitation and equipment she needed. We engaged experts from multiple disciplines to examine the consequences of Catrin’s injuries, her future need for support, equipment, treatment and accommodation. We were able to achieve a successful outcome for Catrin at a joint settlement meeting, meaning she has the funding to help her achieve her goals and live as independently as possible in the future.
Decision: Seven-figure settlement.
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