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Wiltshire accident victim wins damages

A Wiltshire pedestrian who suffered head injures in a car accident has won £65,000 in damages. Mavis Rigden, who lives in Great Cheverell near Devizes, was run down in November 1997. Mrs Rigden, who is now 64, was walking along the B3098 when she was hit from behind by a car. The vehicle was being driven by Anna Kibby from Littleton Panell near Devizes.

The walker's lawyers had originally hoped to claim up to £800,000 from the driver, as it was thought the accident had caused a severe brain injury. But the High Court judge decided doctors differing opinion on the effect of the accident, and a subsequent fall Mrs Rigden suffered, ruled that amount out. He backed more recent medical opinion which suggests the injuries inflicted in the accident had simply accelerated the onset of Mrs Rigden's condition by about three years. In addition to the £65,000 damages cheque, she will also receive her legal costs.

BBC: October 12, 2002 11:35



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