Woman ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ After High-Speed Smash On Roundabout

Expert Serious Injury Lawyers Secure Interim Payments For Rehabilitation

23.10.2014

A mum-of-two who suffered life-changing injuries after a car smashed into hers at high-speed on a busy roundabout and propelled her into the air has spoken of her relief after expert serious injury lawyers secured interim payments for her on going care.

Teresa Weedon, from Narborough in Leicester, was driving home after a family barbecue with her husband on 31 August 2013 when another car crashed into hers at as police estimated as 70mph on a roundabout. She was cut out of the wreckage and rushed to Coventry Hospital by paramedics where she remained for a month for treatment for a fractured spine and shattered pelvis.

The 53-year-old instructed expert serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate her case and he has now received an interim payment from the motorist’s insurers to help fund her rehabilitation treatment, despite a denial of liability. The firm are now working towards securing a settlement for Teresa to cover her loss of earnings and costs of her continuing treatment.

Teresa was unable to work as a receptionist at a dental practice for months after the car crash as a result of the horrendous injuries she suffered, including shattered pelvis, fractured spine vertebrae, cuts and bruises on her head. She has now returned to work on a phased return.

The driver Nathan Cox was given a £1,500 fine,10 points on his/her license and a nine-month driving ban on 14th May 2014 after being found guilty of driving without due care and attention.

Elizabeth Whitehead, a specialist serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing Teresa, said: “Teresa has been left with horrendous injuries after the incident and is still trying to come to terms with what has happened and the impact that it has had on her entire life.

“We are pleased that we have secured her an interim payment to help her along the way with her recovery and rehabilitation. We are continuing to work towards securing a settlement for Teresa which will cover her loss of earnings and help her rebuild her life.

“This case highlights the devastating consequences of not paying attention on the roads and driving at high speeds and we hope this case acts as a reminder to all roads users about the importance of remaining vigilant to protect everyone’s safety.”

Teresa added: “The last 12 months have been a complete nightmare – my life has been turned upside down since the accident. My injuries are slowly beginning to heal with the help of intensive physiotherapy. 

“I was left in agonising pain in my hips and legs after the accident and it took months until I could fully put weight on my legs as they had loss all their strength and muscle bulk because I had to rest.

“I know I am lucky to be alive and still suffer from flashbacks and nightmares which has made me incredibly anxious. It took me a long time to be able to get back into the car and drive again, as I was terrified that something else might happen. I don’t think I could have got through this without the help and support of my family and friends – they have been fantastic.

“I am pleased that with the help of my legal team at Irwin Mitchell I have now received the interim payments to help towards my treatment to help my recovery. I am looking forward to putting this entire ordeal behind me and concentrate on the future.”