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Case Study

The accident occurred on 25 April 1997. The claimant was involved in a collision when a vehicle turned across the path of her vehicle, which was travelling at about 50 mph. She attended hospital, where she was x-rayed and discharged with advice and analgesia. She was unable to work for six days following the accident and was unable to drive for a period of three weeks. The claimant sustained a number of soft tissue injuries in the accident. She recovered from whiplash -type pain within two weeks and shoulder pain, chest pain and seat belt bruising within three weeks. She suffered headaches after the accident, which continued for a period of two months. In addition, the claimant bruised her knee joint, which caused her discomfort when walking and took about one year to resolve. The main physical injury was a whiplash

-type injury to her lower back and five months after the accident the claimant continued to experience pain in the lumbo-sacral region. The pain was aggravated after the claimant had been sitting for any length of time, gardening or lifting anything. She underwent a course of six physiotherapy sessions and continued to do the exercises at home up to trial. The claimant avoided activities that she knew would aggravate the pain in her lower back. In particular, she was unable to enjoy her pre-accident hobbies of horse-riding, step aerobics and gardening. The claimant had substantially recovered from this injury within about two years of the accident.

The claimant also experienced a number of psychological problems following the accident, including recurrent and intrusive recollections of the accident, feeling sweaty and tense when exposed to cues reminding her of it, and persistent avoidance of things that reminded her of it, such as certain television programmes and travelling in cars. The claimant had difficulty sleeping for at least one month. She was feeling irritable and tearful on a daily basis, with impaired concentration. It took about one year before her ability to concentrate at work returned to its pre-accident level. The most significant symptom was the claimant’s situational anxiety when driving or being driven and her hypervigilance in such situations. These symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder continued for a period of at least two months. Nearly two years after the accident, the claimant underwent a series of cognitive therapy sessions, which assisted her recovery. The claimant’s quality of life was clearly impaired for at least two years. Although no longer experiencing the other symptoms, the claimant continued to experience situational travel anxiety at trial. Although the claimant coped, it was disagreeable for her and her family with whom she travelled. General damages £8,358.89.

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