Serious Road Accident Injury

The claimant, Sandra Mehmetemin, suffered a badly broken ankle along with other injuries in a vehicle collision in 2009.

She has been unable to resume her job as an NHS administrator since the accident, and underwent six major operations on lower leg and ankle fractures. She is still in constant pain, with ‘significant permanent disability’, and relies on crutches or a mobility scooter.

She claimed damages against the other motorist involved in the crash.

Defence barrister Patrick Blakesey had queried the amount Mrs Mehmetemin was claiming and questioned whether her husband had needed to give up his job in order to look after her.

On 21 January 2017 at the High Court, Sir Robert Nelson awarded her more than £420,000 to cover the costs of past and future care, including that provided by her husband.

Sir Robert said a specialist had described Mrs Mehmetemin’s ankle injury as being ‘as bad as it gets’, and that her ability to carry on her normal life is ‘greatly affected in almost every sphere’.

The total damages payment came to £963,793.97, including £80,000 for her pain, suffering and loss of amenity. The figure also includes compensation for lost earnings, specialist equipment costs and medical treatment.

LNB News 31/01/2017 & Lexis Nexis

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