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Woman wins appeal to reopen case for compensation

A personal injury victim who was awarded £12,500 in road traffic accident compensation a decade ago has won her bid to reopen the case.

The 50-year-old woman sustained severe brain damage after being knocked over by a motorbike while crossing the A635, in Barnsley, in June 1999.

The woman launched a claim for compensation against the insurers of the rider in 2003 and later received a £12,500 payout. However, if brought to court now the woman could have been entitled to receive up to £2 million.

The Court of Appeal in London heard how the injury victim had been incapable of giving proper instructions during negotiations as she was unaware how much she was giving up by agreeing to the settlement.

As a result judges have allowed the woman to reopen her case, commenting that with the proper advice her claim for road traffic accident compensation would never have been settled for such a limited amount.



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