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Justice for Retired Teacher Seriously Injured in Crash With French Driver

Ann Roberts, a retired school teacher from Worcester, was left with serious injuries following a horrific head-on crash, involving a French motorist who drove on the wrong side of the road. Following the success of her claim she has spoken out for the first time about her legal battle for justice.

Ann (78) was air-lifted to Selly Oak hospital’s intensive care unit with serious injuries after the accident, which happened in Shropshire on 23rd July 2007.

Now, our international travel experts have successfully settled a claim against the French driver’s insurers, who have paid Ann a significant five figure sum.

The horrific accident, which happened on a B road between Ludlow and Leominster happened when French motorist, Mr Alain Le Den, from Saint-Ave, France, mistakenly drove on the wrong side of the road, colliding head-on with Ann’s car.

Ann suffered serious injuries including fractured bones in her upper back, right kneecap, hip and leg, as well as fractured and dislocated toes. She also suffered a pneumothorax with associated multiple fractures to her ribs. As a result of her injuries she had to be fitted with a brace which was inserted around her head and screwed into her skull in order to keep her neck in place.

Ann, who spent three months on the same ward as soldiers who had been serving in Afghanistan, is still recovering from her injuries.

Elizabeth Tetzner, a travel law expert from Irwin Mitchell who represented Mrs Roberts explained: “Ann was fortunate not to have lost her life in this horrific accident which was caused by the most basic of driving errors.

“Alain Le Den’s actions that day have had life changing consequences for both Ann and her family. Before the accident Ann was an independent person who was used to doing things for herself. Now, she is more reliant upon her family and is no longer able to enjoy some of her pastimes such as upholstering furniture and landscape painting.

“Although the financial settlement will not turn back the clock, it will help fund the extra care she now requires.”

Speaking for the first time about her ordeal, Ann Roberts commented: “The past has been extremely difficult to cope with. The accident has impacted on my life. I continue to suffer from my injuries, especially in terms of restrictions in my mobility.

“I have to rely upon my family much more than I did before the accident and although they’re happy to help out, it has been difficult adjusting to the fact that I am no longer as independent as I once was.

“Whilst I am extremely grateful for the settlement for damages, no amount of money will ever give me back the normal life that I had prior to the accident. I just hope that other motorists – whether they are foreign drivers on UK roads, or British motorists abroad - learn lessons from this and do not allow a moment’s lapse in concentration to end in tragedy.”

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"I just wanted to send you a short note to thank you very much indeed to our solicitor for managing to settle this for me – it’s really very much appreciated. You did so in a very professional, helpful and efficient manner."

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