A WREXHAM woman is planning a court battle for more than £300,000 compensation for an accident which 'ruined' her life.
Janet Chiswell, 57, had to be cut from the wreckage of her car when she was the victim of a collision near Chester in 2002.
She suffered multiple strokes and is still awaiting an operation on her 'completely smashed' ankle.
'It ruined my life completely. I now depend on friends and family to help me with daily tasks,' she said.
But three years on, the level of compensation has not been agreed and the High Court is being asked to settle the issue with a claim submitted for more than £300,000.
'I've started to drive again, but with an adapted car, and I have to have an automatic,' said Mrs Chiswell, of Smithy Lane, Pentrebychan.
Before the accident she worked full-time for a solicitors' practice in Saltney but has been unable to return to work.
Nina Roland, senior partner of The Roland Partnership of Saltney, Chester, who are representing Mrs Chiswell in her claim, said: 'Janet is a highly respected and much-loved colleague. Her courage has been an inspiration to us all.'
The writ, issued in London and just made publicly available, claims that the other driver admitted liability for the accident.
The writ says that Mrs Chiswell was driving along Rake Lane, near Eccleston, Chester, on August 9, 2002, when an oncoming car veered diagonally across the road and crashed into her car. It also claims the other driver was convicted of driving without due care and attention by magistrates at Chester on February 24, 2003.
'I almost died because of the accident,' said Mrs Chiswell.
Now her claim has been entered into court she is awaiting the response of solicitors acting for the other driver.