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Christmas lights victim finally gets justice

08/07/2013

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Fieldfisher has achieved a breakthrough on behalf of its client Elena Giddens in her long-running battle for justice following a 2007 accident.

Fieldfisher has achieved a breakthrough on behalf of its client Elena Giddens in her long-running battle for justice following a 2007 accident.

Mrs. Giddens sustained her injuries on 29th November 2007. When walking with a friend in St. Neots, a large Christmas light decoration suspended across the High Street fell on top of her. Mrs Giddens was hit on the right shoulder by a large piece of masonry, which had come free from the building the decoration was attached to. Mrs Giddens suffered a significant injury to the right axillary nerve resulting in weakness of the right deltoid muscle and an inability to raise her right shoulder. In addition, she sustained a pneuomothorax, which required a chest drain, and has had a difficult medical recovery with a variety of complications. She suffers severe pain daily and requires help and support, and her current condition is permanent.

Mrs. Giddens has endured an arduous five and a half years in attempting to get the defendants – Broadlands (Builders) Limited and Millenium Quest Limited - to admit liability for the incident. However, having taken the case over in July 2012, Fieldfisher partner Jill Greenfield has successfully managed to move the case forward. The two defendants have now admitted liability and judgement has been entered against them.

Fieldfisher partner Jill Greenfield said:

"It is extraordinary that it has taken so long to get an admission of liability. Elena was hit by falling Christmas decorations. This clearly was not her fault. We took over the conduct of the case in July 2012. It was a mystery to me as to why there had been no admission. I am pleased that we have finally been able to get this case moving and Elena should now get much needed rehabilitation."

Elena Giddens added:

"While I've been going from one hospital to another, the people who nearly killed me are still managing to play games with each other, trying to find the guilty party. I've been feeling completely deprived of any rights for the last five and a half years. I am grateful to Jill Greenfield, who has, after so many years of physical, psychological and emotional suffering on my part, miraculously managed to get the case moving. I would like to forget about it all, but this has proved impossible so far, given the state of my health and the fact that I've not been given a chance to do so."

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