On 22 October 2008, Maria left work shortly after 5pm. Maria was crossing the road to a car park on the other side when she was hit by a four by four vehicle coming from her right hand side.
Following the impact Maria was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London where she underwent a number of scans and x-rays.
Maria sustained fractures to her collar bone and right shoulder blade. She suffered nine fractured ribs, along with fractures to her pelvis and pubic bones. She was initially treated in intensive care before being moved to the high dependency unit where she remained for four weeks.
Maria spent a further two weeks in hospital before being moved to a rehabilitation unit in Edgware.
As a result of her injuries, Maria's life has changed dramatically. She has been unable to return to her job in education and requires extensive ongoing therapy to ease the effect of her injuries.
Maria instructed Mark Bowman to pursue a road traffic claim against the driver of the vehicle.
Mark investigated a claim on Maria's behalf and was able to secure an early admission of liability. Expert evidence was obtained from an orthopaedic surgeon and pain management consultant and following a settlement meeting in May 2011 was able to secure a settlement of £347,500, which Maria accepted.
After the case settled Maria said: "I am relieved that the settlement has been made and that I can now move on.
"The whole case has been a learning curve and I am pleased that I sought expert advice. My knowledge of the medical world has been widened considerably and I would urge people to get as much information on various therapies as possible.
"As a result of the accident I have started my own knitting and cake stand making business which enables me to work flexibly which suits me at the moment."
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