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Nursing student awarded £800,000

A woman from Dorset has received a high-end six-figure sum of injury compensation after making a motorcycle accident claim for injuries she sustained when her 125cc motorbike was hit by a car in December 2007.

The 43-year-old suffered a traumatic injury to her right leg; emergency surgeons had to remove it from below the knee. She also needed treatment for a fractured spine, a broken shoulder and broken ribs.

The mother-of-one had been a psychiatric nursing student at the time of the crash and had been on her way to her first ever night shift at St Ann's Hospital when the incident occurred.

One significant factor in the mother's motorcycle accident claim was the fact she suffers continuing pain from nerve damage, which means, despite being fitted with a prosthetic limb, she often requires the use of a wheelchair.

She commented, "My life has changed forever. I lost my leg, my dream career, my whole way of life."

"I was unable to carry on caring for my grandmother, which I'd been doing every day for 12 years, as well as struggling to look after my young son."

She added, "I'm relieved the case is over, but I'll never be able to get my life back and will continue trying to cope with the chronic pain."

The woman's motorcycle accident claim was aided by the help of a no win, no fee solicitor and her union UNISON.

In total her settlement is worth £800,000; however, this does not represent 100% compensation as 20% was deducted on the basis that one of her lights was not working at the time of the motorbike crash.



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