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Grandmother awarded road traffic accident compensation

A grandmother from Middlesbrough has been awarded road traffic accident compensation since the driver who caused her personal injury was found guilty of a driving offence.

The 81-year-old woman suffered near-fatal injuries when a Transit van reversed into her while she was waiting on a pavement and then drove over her.

For six weeks she was kept in an intensive care ward at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital recovering from serious internal injuries as well as fractures to her spine, pelvis, hip and ribs.

The woman required hospital treatment and rehabilitation for a further four months until she was allowed home. Although the grandmother of seven has recovered from the accident, she now has difficulty in walking and carrying out everyday duties.

The driver was found guilty of driving without due care and attention and fined £340.

The insurers of his employer's van, which he was driving, admitted liability for the former dancing teacher's injuries.

Through a solicitor, the woman launched a claim against the driver and his employers for road traffic accident compensation and was awarded an undisclosed amount.



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