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Woman unable to make compensation claim in court

A woman who was severely injured in a car crash has been left without compensation after being sent claim forms two days after the case was heard in court.

Maureen Smith, of Chapel Street, Heath Hayes, was unable to make a compensation claim after court documents arrived at her home two days after the hearing took place.

Mrs Smith was left disabled following the motor accident on Brownhills Road on 6th June 2006 and has since undergone four operations for her serious personal injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision, Lee Brown, 33, was ordered to pay a 483 fine and given a 12 month disqualification for driving without due care and without car insurance.

Mrs Smith said that she was disgusted to receive the compensation claim forms after the case had already been heard in court.

The former community nurse said, "My life has been ruined, I used to be active and go to keep fit, now going to the toilet instead of using a commode is a real luxury. That's how much it has changed me.

"The sentences don't give justice at all; they haven't taken into account how it has affected me."

Maureen's husband Peter is disappointed that his wife was unable to make a compensation claim for the road accident and believes that Mr Brown was given a lenient sentencing.

He added, "If they came here to see what we have to do they would change their minds."



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