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Injured lollipop lady set for compensation

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CCTV footage has helped a South Tyneside lollipop lady, who was knocked over outside her home, win a legal victory worth millions.

Cameras at 61-year-old Eleanor Harman’s home captured the moment the on-duty warden was mown down by a pensioner on the school run in Beach Road, South Shields.

But after driver Margaret Boyles denied liability, it was images from the camera that put the mum-of-two in line for a multi-million pound pay-out.

It is thought the figure could top £3m – believed to be the largest compensation package ever awarded to an injured lollipop lady.

Eleanor was left with horrific brain injuries and needs round-the-clock care while Boyles was given a £90 fine.

Today her daughter, finance worker Rebecca Rees, 28, said: “I don’t care how many millions it is, my mum will never be the same and I’d rather it never happened.

“We have to live with what happened forever.”

The mum-of-two was left with post-traumatic amnesia and spent three months on a high-dependency unit following the accident in 2011.

Now she needs 24-hour care and is unable to look after her newborn granddaughter.

Despite the horrific crash, driver Boyles was given just four penalty points on her licence and a £90 fine.

She was found guilty of driving without due care and attention.

Her insurers tried to claim Eleanor was partially responsible but have now admitted full liability.

A judge will now decide the size of Eleanor’s multi-million pound compensation pay-out.

Rebecca, who has a twin sister named Sarah, a part-time hairdresser, said: “They tried to say my mum was to blame but we wouldn’t accept that. I thought it was crazy, she was liable for nothing.”

Husband Harry, 73, a retired industrial chemist who now works at a guest house in South Shields, said: “The accident changed our lives forever – we have to deal with the consequences every day because Eleanor is simply unable to have the same independence as before.”

He added: “Eleanor has already made a remarkable recovery to get to where she is now. She underwent life-saving surgery and it was terrifying.

“At least now we will be able to access further expert treatment and equipment to help her live with more independence once again.”

John Davis, a partner in the serious injury team at Irwin Mitchell who was representing Eleanor, said they were “determined to gain justice for Eleanor”.

He said: “It is heartbreaking that Eleanor suffered this terrible injury while doing her job but at least now she and Harry have the peace of mind that her care and therapy needs will be taken care of.”

Eleanor underwent life-saving surgery to treat severe brain injuries following the accident outside her South Shields home, on Beach Road, in 2011.

She was shepherding schoolchildren across the road when she was struck by Margaret Boyles’ Peugeot 307.

 
 
 

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