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A woman who was severely injured in a crash involving two HGVs has secured substantial damages to help with her rehabilitation.
The accident happened in December 2014, when Katie Holt, a teacher from Colchester, was driving to work. A lorry struck her car from behind, pushing it underneath the lorry in front of her.
She was rescued from her car by the emergency services and airlifted to hospital. She had sustained damage to her optic nerve, fractures to her skull and back, a broken arm and lacerations to her face. She also suffered a further head injury, which led to her experiencing headaches, difficulties with memory and balance, hearing loss and problems with her sight.
After ten days, she was discharged from hospital and went to live with her parents during her recovery. She has since made remarkable progress and has been able to return to work, but she continues to suffer from vision and hearing difficulties and pain in her arms and legs. She has no memory of the accident.
Ms Holt contacted solicitors with a view to obtaining compensation for her injuries. Criminal proceedings were brought against the driver of the HGV which collided with her, and he admitted driving without due care and attention. Ms Holt has now secured a settlement from the insurer of the driver's employer, which will allow her to fund the treatment necessary to continue her recovery.