Car accident news
28/10/2008

Norfolk woman shows strength and spirit following horror smash

A 24-year-old woman from Norfolk who lost her leg in a car accident as a result of being hit by a dangerous driver has said that she will be pursuing a personal injury claim.

However, she says that she does not "hate" the 86-year-old driver who caused the car accident, "I spent 17 days in hospital and a week after the accident I had my leg amputated," she said.

Adding, "I was devastated when they told me I would lose my leg. I would describe it as one of the worst moments of my life. "I also needed plastic surgery on my foot and I now have a prosthetic leg. I needed to use a wheelchair for four and a half months. "He has changed my life, but I don't hate him. It was an error of judgment and an accident. I can only imagine how it must have affected him.

"I never wanted him to go to prison at his age. I'm glad he can no longer drive, because that's what I wanted. "He should not have been on the road anyway. When I heard in court about his medical history it was quite shocking, and it was amazing he was allowed to drive.

"Before it, I was a normal 23-year-old girl who used to go out nearly every weekend with my friends. But I have not been out at the weekend since it happened. That's quite a big thing for me, as it's been eight months. Although the girl's personal injury solicitor is yet to finalise the details of her car accident compensation claim, she is admirably determined to get on with her life. "I'm going out in Yarmouth this weekend for the first time to a friend's birthday party. I'm quite scared about it, but I'm really pleased about my progress. I think it's been through sheer determination really," she said.

 

 

 
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