A motorcyclist has won £170,000 compensation after a crash on the A51 which broke nearly every bone in her body.
Elizabeth Skerratt, 29, was riding to Chester when a driver pulled out of a junction into her path back in October 2012.
She was violently thrown from her bike and the injuries are still having a massive effect on her life.
Ms Skerratt, an NHS worker from Stoke-on-Trent, suffered serious head trauma which left her with permanent damage to her memory.
She said: “Although I don’t remember much from the crash, the physical and mental impact of the accident has really taken its toll.
“The constant pain I feel in my right leg makes it really difficult to move around or do physical activities.
“I struggle to focus or concentrate on the things I’m doing, which can be very frustrating and tiring.
“I have made a good recovery from the crash, but the compensation I received will help me take back control of my life and begin to move on.”
Ms Skerratt, who was 25 at the time, was travelling to Chester along the A51 near Tarvin when the crash happened.
The driver of a Citroen Picasso failed to spot her and pulled out of a junction into the path of her Gilera Runner motorcycle.
Nearly every bone in Elizabeth’s body was fractured including bones in her jaw, wrists and right leg.
Ms Skerratt was airlifted to Aintree Hospital where she stayed in intensive care for a week.
After a further seven days she was transferred to Stoke City Hospital where she underwent surgery to insert metal plates into her jaw and right leg, where she still suffers constant pain.
The 29-year-old then went through intense rehabilitation and physiotherapy as an outpatient in an attempt to rebuild her life.
Four years on, Ms Skerratt still has enormous difficulty concentrating due to the severity of the head injury, which also caused permanent damage to her working memory.
She also suffers from a reduced sense of smell and taste.
With legal support, the NHS worker made a claim for compensation against the driver of the Citroen.
Full liability was admitted and Ms Skerratt received £170,000 from insurance company Direct Line for the serious physical and psychological damage she suffered.
Fletchers Solicitors serious injury solicitor Louise Riley said: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for Elizabeth, made even more tough, due to the fact she doesn’t remember much of what happened.
“This case really emphasises drivers to be extra careful when pulling out of junctions to make sure there isn’t a biker in their path, so accidents like this can be avoided.
“We are extremely pleased we were able to help Elizabeth secure the compensation she deserved, and we hope it will enable her to move on from the accident.”
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