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Car crash victim awarded £500,000 for burns and injuries

A woman who suffered severe burns when her car caught fire in a road accident has received £500,000 in compensation.

The woman, who was 44 at the time of the accident, was driving on the motorway when her car was forced on to the hard shoulder by another vehicle which was travelling too fast. Her car overturned and caught fire.

It later transpired that the other driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. He was convicted of driving without due care and attention.

The woman suffered severe burns to 51% of her body including her face. She was in hospital for three months and underwent numerous operations and skin grafts. Several more operations followed over the next three years.

She continued to suffer from chronic adjustment disorder together with mixed anxiety and depressed mood. She had a phobia about driving and said she would never drive again.

A year after the accident, she tried to return to her job as a schools finance officer but had to use buses. The journey was too long for her and she had to take a lower paid job.

Due to her injuries she needed help with housework and could not manage her pet dogs as she could not control their leads.

The other driver admitted liability and agreed to pay £500,000 compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

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