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Car crash 'made woman allergic to modern world'

An Australian woman is seeking compensation after being injured in a road accident that she claims has made her allergic to the modern world. Yvette Nellie Ann Collins who suffered spinal damage in a collision in 1996 says the injuries triggered a 'severe chemical sensitivity'. She says she can't leave her house unless she wears a protective suit and mask. "I can't go anywhere. I'm virtually housebound for the rest of my life," she told the District Court in Brisbane.

She arrived for the hearing on Monday in a wheelchair and wearing white plastic overalls, a face mask, and breathing with the help of an oxygen bottle. She didn't enter the court room but pleaded her case from a separate area via a video link. Collins, 61, is suing the driver of the other car and the insurance company Suncorp. They dispute the extent of Collins' injuries.

The Canberra Times reports she frequently cried out in pain during the hearing. She told the court she was representing herself because her solicitors withdrew from the case when she'd been unable to travel to see a psychiatrist and medical specialist as they advised. The judge adjourned the case and asked officials to investigate whether she could get state assistance for her case.

Ananova:14:44 Tuesday 15th May 2001



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