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Car accident victim aims to win court settlement

Tell Claudienne

Claudienne Edwards

Sunday, August 19, 2012    

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Dear Claudienne

I am presently unemployed. I used to be employed to Tastee's where I cooked and served customers. I experienced the worst day of my life in February 2007. On that day at about 6.03 am I came off the bus that I had taken to work and stood at the bus stop right across from Tastee waiting for the stop light to change to red so that I could safely cross. As I stood there I saw a motor vehicle come from Trevennion Road and slam into a white taxi. I don't recall anything else, but I later learnt that on impact the driver of the taxi lost consciousness. The taxi then got out of control and hit me at the bus stop.

The next thing I recall is waking up in the middle of Half Way Tree Road. I was on my back and my right foot felt very strange. When I looked I could see the inside of my foot and the entire heel of my right foot was gone. There was no flesh, only bone.

I was taken to the KPH where I was operated on twice. I was totally helpless and the nurses had to bathe and assist me in every way. For the three weeks that I was in the hospital there were complications to my injury and when I was eventually discharged I was referred to the nearest clinic for further care.

Further care meant the cleaning of the affected area of my foot with vinegar and this was extremely painful. This area of my foot where the new flesh was growing was very tender and delicate and during the cleaning with vinegar I felt like my foot was engulfed with fire.

After the two months of going to the clinic for dressing I went back to the KPH for a skin graft to be done. Since then a number of skin grafts were done and I was referred to a physiotherapist. The condition of my leg did not improve and one just has to look at my right leg to see that a part of my heel is still missing. I have to use a cane, my knee hurts and I can wear nothing else but slippers. I am constantly in severe pain.

Since the accident I have not been able to work because I cannot walk properly and I cannot stand on my feet for any extended period of time. My job as a cook entailed me being on my feet for extended periods of time. The accident has changed my life entirely.

I went to a lawyer and he filed a claim against the insurance provider for the company that owned the vehicle that caused the taxi to hit me. The case has been in the court for five years but the judgement has not been handed down by the judge up to now. My last appearance in the Supreme Court was in September 2010.

Could you kindly help me as I am desperately in need. I am not a lazy person and I have tried to look for work but I have not been successful because of my injury.

CD

Dear CD

Tell Claudienne instructed you as to the steps you should take and worked with you through the process. We note that the judgement was handed down by the Supreme Court judge in May 2012 and that the insurance company was given 90 days to settle the judgement on behalf of its client.

We note that you have now received the settlement in full.

Good luck.

Have a problem with a store, utility, a company? Telephone 936-9436 or write to: Tell Claudienne c/o Sunday Finance, Jamaica Observer, 40-42 1/2 Beechwood Avenue, Kingston 5; or e-mail: edwardsc@jamaicaobserver.com. Please include a contact phone number.

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