Our lawyers are helping a previously fit and active pensioner who had her leg amputated after being knocked down outside a supermarket.
Marion Mason, from Southampton, was hit by a van as she walked across the car park of the Shirley Road branch of Lidl in March 2020. She was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Marion, an 83-year old great-grandmother, had sustained a catalogue of serious injuries. She underwent an above knee amputation of her right leg after three operations to try and save it. She also had pins inserted into her upper left leg and hip.
She was due to have another operation after the amputation, but it didn't go ahead after she caught COVID-19.
Following the incident, Marion’s family got in touch with our serious injury claims team. Senior Associate Solicitor Ruth Johnson is now investigating what happened and helping Marion access the specialist care and therapies she needs to help her regain her independence.
We were able to help Marion move out of hospital into a private property adapted to her needs rather than a care home. We're now investigating long-term accommodation for Marion because her and her husband's two-storey terraced home of 64 years is no longer suitable.
In the meantime, Marion has joined with her legal team in supporting Limb Loss Awareness Month by speaking out on her continuing recovery. She said: “I had always been very independent before the accident, but the past year has been difficult,
"Sadly, we had to move out of our family home, but my husband and I have been able to continue to live together and are now looking to the future and our long term accommodation to meet my needs.
"It’s only been a year since it happened so it’s still early days in my rehabilitation journey, but I have already been looking into prosthetic limbs and I have regular physiotherapy and hydrotherapy privately.
"I am pleased that my family looked at instructing solicitors when I was in hospital to investigate the accident as it has meant that I have been able to have support and guidance for my recovery privately even before I came home.”
“The past year has been incredibly difficult for Marion and her family," said Ruth. "The incident itself led to her having to undergo life-changing surgery, and after contracting Covid-19 whilst in hospital.
Through our work, we sadly come across many people seriously hurt in collisions with vehicles. Marion’s injuries continue to have a significant impact on her life and the lives of those around her.
While we can’t change what she has gone through, we can support Marion on her rehabilitation journey."
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