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School girl hit by school bus is awarded £34,000

Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured £34,000 for a school girl who was hit by a school bus which mounted the pavement where she was walking.

The claimant in this action was a 14 year old school girl who had been walking on the pavement on a road in East Sussex, to catch her school bus.

As she was walking the driver of a school mini-bus lost control of the bus causing it to mount the pavement where the claimant was walking. The claimant was hit by the mini-bus which subsequently rolled into a nearby field.

At the time of the accident the road was icy and the defendant had skidded on ice, causing the loss of control. As a result the claimant sustained eight fractured ribs, two fractures to her right clavicle (collarbone), a punctured lung as well as general lacerations and bruises.

She remained in intensive care for 3 days and was finally discharged 7 days after the accident. She continued to have on-going discomfort in her collarbone and tenderness to her right shoulder and left wrist. She was also left with a lot of scarring to her body.

After obtaining the police report, together with details of the potential witnesses to the accident and reports from an orthopaedic surgeon, respiratory physician and consultant plastic and hand surgeon, The team were able to obtain £34,000 compensation for the claimant. This was to compensate her for her pain, suffering and loss of amenity as well as to ensure her future need for surgery was met on a private basis.

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