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Woman left brain damaged in Haverhill car crash

Updated: 13 Jun, 2011

A 57-year-old woman from Haverhill, Suffolk, is seeking £500,000 in damages after suffering near-fatal injuries in a car accident.

The head-on collision took place when a Porsche 944, driving at 77 miles per hour, tried to overtake another car and veered into the Citroen Saxo that the woman was travelling in as a passenger. The car crash killed her 44-year-old sister who was driving. The claimant suffered brain damage.

As well as her severe disabilities, the woman is also at risk of developing epilepsy and will never be able to return to work.

According to a High Court writ she is unable to live independently and needs considerable care for the remainder of her life.

Due to the brain injuries she suffered in the accident the woman is no longer able to manage her own affairs. The woman's son is bringing the claim for damages on her behalf.

The Saxo driver was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving in 2009 and his insurers have admitted liability. However, the writ states that both sides are unable to agree on how much compensation the woman should receive.

In addition to seeking damages of more than £500,000 for the car accident, the woman and her family are also hoping for an order which will allow her to seek more compensation if her condition should deteriorate.