Southsea pensioner is unhappy with accident compensation

'CHANGED MY LIFE' Maureen Edwards, right, with her daughter Emma. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132421-108)
'CHANGED MY LIFE' Maureen Edwards, right, with her daughter Emma. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132421-108)
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A PEDESTRIAN who became trapped under the wheels of a van says she is angry with the compensation amount received for her injuries.

As reported, Maureen Edwards, then 68, went under the wheels of a Ford Transit van and broke her left ankle and right hip.

She had been crossing Fawcett Road, in Southsea, last June, before she was hit.

It left her needing skin grafts, a nine-week stay in Queen Alexandra Hospital, physiotherapy and disfigured legs.

But Mrs Edwards, now 70, said the van driver’s insurance company Markerstudy Group, believe a large payout may not be required because of her age and existing health problems.

The pensioner, of Darlington Road, Southsea, was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis about 20 years ago.

She said: ‘I needed to use a walking frame before the accident, but I wouldn’t say I was past it. My condition was being managed and I was able to get out and about.

‘Now I can’t do as much. I’ve also had to pay for four new teeth, which were knocked out in the accident, a walk-in shower, and have ramps put around the house.

‘My solicitors had asked for an interim payment of £10,000, but the insurance company has paid £2,000.

‘This accident has totally changed my life and how mobile I am. Yes, I have arthritis, but it was managed and wasn’t getting worse.’

The driver of the van, David Herron, then 61, of Renny Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, admitted driving without due care and attention. He was fined £225, had to pay a £15 victim surcharge, £65 costs, and given four points on his licence.

Steve Cross, group head of claims at the insurance company, said: ‘The £2,000 we offered was an interim payment – these allow claimants to receive funds to relieve them of undue hardship while awaiting the final outcome of a claim. They are worked out by looking at all information and are based on any requirements for short-term care or hospital and GP visits.

‘In this particular instance, Mrs Edwards’ solicitors provided us with an initial needs assessment report, which highlighted her pre-accident medical history and the care and support she was already receiving.’

Mrs Edwards’ solicitors, Moore Blatch, said it would be starting court proceedings.

Partner Ciaran McCabe said: ‘An interim payment was requested, after an independent assessment of her immediate rehabilitation needs.

‘The insurer has agreed to make a voluntary payment of a lesser sum. We will shortly be issuing court proceedings and will ask the court to consider payment of the balance of the interim payment as well as pursuing final settlement of the case.’