A woman has won pounds 522,379 damages from an ambulance trust after she was left trapped on a bus in agony waiting for delayed paramedics to arrive.
The 50-year-old claimed her psychiatric damage was caused by the delay in an ambulance arriving after she dislocated her right kneecap and was unable to move from between the seats of the bus she had boarded at Wimbledon station, south-west
Leigh said she could not sit or stand and was screaming in agony for 50 minutes while well-meaning passengers tried to help and held her down to stop her moving, which added to her feeling of helplessness.
Every additional minute added to the trauma of her experience until she felt "utter despair", said
Leigh said she felt trapped, was shaking violently, became unable to hold her mind together, remembered "no longer knowing who she was" and went "into a freeze".
She did not recover full function in the knee for about 18 months and became housebound, suffering flashbacks, nightmares, a high level of anxiety and depression. She also began to suffer seizures.
Their lawyers said that, during 2010 and 2011, Leigh had other stresses including problems with marital communications, worry about whether her husband would be made redundant, financial problems, her son's transgender issues, her daughter's issues about her adoption and the pressures of litigation.
The judge, who witnessed one of Leigh's seizures when she gave evidence by videolink, said the delay made a "material contribution" to the development of her PTSD. He said he was satisfied that the seizures were part of the PTSD and consequent upon it and were not related to other stresses in her life.
The judge said he had no hesitation in accepting that Leigh's injury was severe as all aspects of her life were badly affected and additional therapy was expected to make only a minimal improvement.
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