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RTA Compensation for Student Nurse set at 1 Million Pounds

September 5, 2010

A nursing student, who was knocked from her motorcycle as she was on her way to her first night shift, has been compensated for the loss of her leg in the accident.

Lisa Bennett, 43, of Upper Parkstone, Dorset was a second year nursing degree student when the accident happened in December 2004. She was riding her motorcycle to St. Ann’s Hospital, Bournemouth when hit by a car, suffering awful injuries to her right leg, a fractured spine, broken ribs and a broken shoulder.

Surgeons at the hospital could not save her leg, and it was initially amputated below the knee before four more similar operations were needed to control post-operative infections. The mother of a son – who was twelve years of age at the time of the accident – has since been given a prosthetic limb, but still suffers severe pain due the nerve damage sustained in the accident and regularly relies on a wheelchair.

The driver of the car admitted liability, and an initial out of court RTA compensation settlement of 1 million pounds was agreed between Lisa’s legal representatives and the negligent party’s solicitor. However, this was subsequently reduced by 20% as it was alleged by the negligent driver that Lisa had a faulty headlamp on her motorcycle at the time of the accident.