Woman awarded $25k four years after car crash neck injury

A HERVEY Bay woman has been awarded $24,736 in compensation after she was injured in a car crash more than four years ago.

Helene Christine Turner's vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle being driven at high-speed by Danielle Blair on March 16, 2009.

As a result of the crash Ms Turner suffered a neck whiplash injury which exacerbated a pre-existing condition in her spine.

The Brisbane District Court heard the neck injury quickly became more painful and created upper body stiffness, restricted her range of movement and brought on headaches.

Ms Turner also could no longer sit or stand for prolonged periods without feeling immense pain.

The court heard Ms Turner, was the sole carer of her sister who suffered from Down's Syndrome, had moved from Townsville to Buderim on the Sunshine Coast in 2003 before settling in Hervey Bay the following year.

Furthermore, the court was told Ms Turner had not worked for the five years prior to the crash as it created problems for her sister who was heavily reliant on her.

Judge Gregory Koppenol awarded Ms Turner $24,736.73, however he dismissed additional claims of $9612 for massages, $6321 for pharmaceuticals, $11,635 for gardening, $7690 for external house cleaning, $50, 754 for internal house cleaning, $50,000 for past economic loss and $68,722 for future economic loss, calling them excessive.


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