Woman hit by Norwich bus reveals four-year brain injury battle
- Credit: IRWIN MITCHELL LLP
A woman has spoken for the first time about her battle to overcome a traumatic brain injury nearly four years after being hit by a bus.
Diana Gonzalez, 38, was knocked down by a First Eastern Counties vehicle on Castle Meadow, Norwich, in January 26, 2014.
As a result of the collision, Ms Gonzalez, from London, was unable to return to work until early 2015 and has suffered with memory loss, confusion, balance difficulties and tiredness since the crash.
First Eastern Counties denied liability for the collision and the case was taken to High Court where judgment was entered for Ms Gonzalez on a split liability basis.
The judge awarded the 38-year-old money to help with her treatment.
Ms Gonazlez, who was visiting Norwich at the time of the crash, said: 'I was around halfway across the road when I suddenly became aware of a bus on my left. I tried to jump out of the way but there was no time.
'I recall seeing the lights of the bus but do not remember anything else until I regained consciousness. The first thing I remember was a man asking if I was okay. I was lying in the road with my head on the surface.'
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The collision happened at 4.30pm when the budding accountant was crossing a speed table – a section of road raised to the same level as the pavement which creates a natural crossing point.
She was taken to hospital where she was quickly discharged following a scan.
Two days after the crash she returned to hospital for three days when a scan revealed a bleed on her brain.
Ms Gonzalez added: 'What might have seemed a minor collision has resulted in nearly four years of hurt and frustration. I am not the person I used to be.
'My cognitive difficulties mean I struggle with everyday tasks which others take for granted and this has impacted both my private and working life. 'I would urge drivers to remain vigilant on the roads at all times and reduce their speed, especially when it's dark and wet when it's harder to see pedestrians.'
She was speaking at the start of Road Safety Week.