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£3m payout to lollipop lady

Posted in: Car Accidents Head and Brain Injuries Pedestrian Injuries Road Traffic Accidents Workplace Injuries 

A lollipop lady has finally won compensation following an accident that happened in 2011.  The South Sheilds lollipop lady Eleanor Harman has struggled to win compensation since the devastating accident, but has finally been successful due to the finding of crucial CCTV footage.  The footage clearly shows the 61-year-old being mown down by a car on the school run.  Mrs Harman suffered a severe brain injury in the accident, and now requires constant care.

The driver of the vehicle, Margaret Boyles, initially denied liability and was given a £90 fine. However, when images from the CCTV cameras were found, Mrs Harman was looking at a multi-million pound payout.  It is believed that the payout could amount to more than £3m, the largest compensation package ever awarded to an injured lollipop lady.

“Changed our lives forever”

Following the accident that happened outside her South Sheilds home, Mrs Harman was rushed immediately to hospital where she underwent life-saving surgery on her brain.  Since the accident, Mrs Harman has suffered with post-traumatic amnesia and had to spend three months in a high dependency unit following the accident.

Her husband Harry (73) said: “The accident changed our lives forever – we have to deal with the consequences every day because Eleanor is simply unable to have the same independence as before.

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