Patricia was travelling home from work at approximately 2:30am on 26 August 2008 when she was involved in a road traffic accident. She was driving her usual route home in her husband’s left hand drive Smart Car.
Patricia recollects most of the journey home, her last memory before the accident being when she drove around the roundabout and started up the hill towards home. After that, her next recollection was waking up in the hospital.
Whilst Patricia cannot remember the accident, the North Wales Police have since filled her in on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
The police reported that when the accident took place, she was driving home on the correct side of the road when an oncoming vehicle (on the wrong side of the road) collided with the front offside corner of her car. Had Patricia been driving a right hand drive car, the police informed her that she may have died in the accident. The driver and passengers of the other vehicle absconded but were later caught by the police.
Patricia was treated at Wrexham Maelor Hospital for a number of injuries including: brain bleeds; fractured left forearm and wrist; bruising to chest and abdomen; dizziness and poor concentration; shoulder, neck and back injuries; and grazes to face, knees and ankles.
When Patricia returned home, she required considerable assistance from her husband particularly with regard to activities around the home including daily household chores and initially with personal care.
Patricia was unable to return to work after the accident because of the ongoing injuries to her left forearm and the heavy lifting nature of her work. In February 2010, Patricia voluntarily terminated her employment as a light duty position was not available.
Patricia instructed Associate Solicitor Matthew Garson from our Serious Injuries Team in Manchester to work on her behalf. After securing expert evidence and preparing a schedule of loss, Matthew settled Patricia’s case for £32,000.
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