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Road accident victim awarded £595,000 compensation

A woman who sustained whiplash injuries in a road accident and later developed fibromyalgia has been awarded £595,000 in compensation.

The woman’s car was stationary when it was hit in the rear by another vehicle.

At first it was thought that she had only sustained routine whiplash injuries which would quickly get better.

However, the pain didn’t ease as expected. It became more intense and widespread. She was later diagnosed as suffering from fibromyalgia which had been brought on as a result of the accident.

She was unable to continue working and needed considerable help with everyday chores such as cleaning, shopping, washing, personal grooming and childcare. She occasionally needed to use a wheelchair and had to move to a single storey home.

Medical experts said she would need care for the rest of her life.

She brought an action against the driver of the other vehicle who admitted liability.

Compensation of £595,000 was agreed in an out-of-court settlement.

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