£2.5m obtained for woman with serious mobility problems
Ashtons Legal medical injury specialist Sharon Allison has agreed a total settlement of around ?2.5 million to compensate Miss T for the fact that she can only walk a very short distance without being in pain and is likely to be wheelchair dependent for much of her life.
While a proportion of the money is to compensate Miss T for her pain and suffering, the majority of it will cover the cost of property adaptations, equipment and full-time care in order to help her lead as full a life as is possible given her circumstances. Miss T, who also has serious learning difficulties, was born with a condition known as calcaneovalgus, meaning that her feet tended to turn outwards. Surgery was not performed on her feet until she was well into her teens; experts advised that with much earlier surgery she could have retained much greater mobility and this would have eased instead of compounded the problems she faces as a result of her learning disabilities. Like the majority of settlements the money is likely to be paid in regular instalments rather than a lump sum to ensure that sufficient is available as her needs change during the course of her life.
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