Caister woman given �9m damages after being hit by car
A woman from Caister was today awarded more than �9m in damages after she was hit by a car as a youngster.
Leigh Ann Blinkhorn, now 23, was seven-years-old when she was left with brain damage after being knocked over by the Norwich motorist in 1996, and will receive the money in an out of court settlement.
The claimant, aged seven when the accident occurred, was making her way from her then home in Filby across the A1064 road to visit a family friend, when a distracted motorist ran his vehicle into her, knocking her into the air and causing her to sustain a life time brain injury.
Since then the claimant has, and will continue to, require constant care to address the behavioural problems with which she has been left.
The news of the settlement has also been welcomed by the girl's parents who said: 'We have fought long and hard for this settlement and consider it is an excellent result for our daughter.
'The damages will provide the help and assistance she will need for the rest of her life and therefore security for her future. This has, after years of worry and anxiety, provided us both with much needed peace of mind. '
In a press statement issued by her solicitors, David Pett of Norwich based Personal injury specialists, Morgan Jones & Pett said: 'The award, one of the largest to be made, will provide our client with the financial security she clearly requires and indeed deserves.'
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