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Lollipop lady receives seven-figure settlement

Posted in: Head and Brain Injuries Pedestrian Injuries Road Traffic Accidents School Accidents Workplace Injuries 

A lollipop lady from South Shields has been awarded a seven-figure compensation payout after being knocked down on duty. 62-year-old Eleanor Harman suffered a severe brain injury when a car hit her opposite her home in February 2011. The accident left her with extreme disabilities, including difficulties with her memory. She will require around the clock care for the rest of her life.

The mother-of-two underwent life-saving surgery after the accident. She was then required to stay in a high-dependency unit for three weeks and spent almost a year in hospital recovering.

“Specialist equipment and care”

Ms Harman now requires specialist care with a team of helpers visiting her house day and night. She receives specialist physiotherapy and psychological care. Speaking about the compensation settlement, Ms Harman’s lawyer said: “It will be used to pay for an adapted accommodation, specialist equipment and care and therapy to help her get her life back on track as much as possible.

Expert evidence revealed that the driver responsible had been driving at 17-20mph when the accident happened, but had not managed to stop the vehicle before colliding with Ms Harman.  The driver was fined £95 and ordered to pay costs after being accused of driving without her full attention. She also received four penalty points on her licence.

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