Clerical Worker Who Suffers ‘Persistent’ Migraines Speaks Out After Lawyers Secure Access To Care
A Plymouth woman who sustained a neck injury and an exacerbation in migraines after her car was hit by another vehicle is speaking out on how her life continues to be affected several years on.
Judith, 54, was driving in a multi-storey car park in the city centre when another driver accelerated their vehicle into her path in an attempt to enter a parking bay. The cars collided.
Judith felt severe neck pain and stiffness, and was subsequently diagnosed with a neck injury.
In addition, Judith, who suffered migraines prior to the accident, found these increased in severity and frequency after the collision. She attended a hospital A&E department on one occasion, where she underwent MRI and CT scans of her head.
Following her injuries, Judith instructed specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help her access the care and therapies she requires.
She is now joining with her legal team to share her story as part of Road Safety Week. It comes after her lawyers secured a settlement to fund her treatment. She is likely to require injections for the rest of her life to reduce the impact of her migraines.
Expert Opinion“Judith has struggled a lot since the crash and the injuries she sustained have had a real impact on her life.
While nothing can make up for what she’s been through, we’re pleased to have been able to secure future specialist care, with Judith likely to need lifelong treatment to manage the severity of her migraines now.
Living with such conditions can be debilitating. Judith’s story is a reminder of what people can be forced to face as a result of the actions of others. It’s vital that road users stay safe and take care at all times to help prevent others from suffering like Judith has.”
Kellie Robinson - Paralegal
Following the collision in September, 2017, clerical worker Judith has undergone treatment from a physiotherapist and an osteopath. She also receives injections to help manage her migraines.
At the time of the accident, Judith lived alone. She said: “Since the collision, I struggle so much more with migraines. I used to get them every so often, but I feel like I’m in constant pain now with the persistent headaches. Before the injections, I was getting around five to six migraines per week and had to take various medications to get through the day. I also had to limit the housework, shopping and socialising I did due to the pain and discomfort.
“Every day seems so much harder to get through after what happened but I’m so grateful for the help and support I’ve had, and, as I move forward with my recovery, to know I have future treatment in place is such a relief.
“While nothing can change what I’ve been through, I hope that my story is a reminder to drivers to be careful and observant on the roads. I wouldn’t want anyone else to suffer like I have. I would say don’t worry if you may be a little late for an appointment, the main thing is that you arrive safely.”
Road Safety Week runs from 15-21 November and is organised by the charity Brake.
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