Accepting offer of free Lucozade leads to personal injury claim

A 21-year old woman has filed a personal injury claim against a mini-bus driver for compensation totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds after she sustained serious head injuries.

The woman, who comes from the Welsh town of Swansea, says she was sitting behind the mini-bus driver when he offered to give her a bottle of Lucozade. Just as she stood up to take the drink, the bus went over a speed bump. The vehicle jolted and the woman lost her balance. Unfortunately, the doors of the bus were open at the time and she fell out of the vehicle onto the main road.

As a direct result of this incident, the victim says she now has a higher risk of developing epilepsy at a later date and her injuries have prevented her from pursuing her career.

The head injury she sustained during the fall has left her with post-traumatic migraine headaches and she also continues to suffer from psychological and cognitive impairment.

Although her current claim is for personal injury compensation in excess of £1,000, she also wants an order that will allow her to claim further compensation if she does develop epilepsy.

It will be interesting to see how this story pans out. In order to accept the bottle of Lucozade, the woman had to take off her seatbelt, but shouldn’t she have realised that that course of action was not sensible? It is the responsibility of the adult passenger to ensure they are wearing their seatbelt.

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