Our client, a teacher, received compensation after she was run over by a car at a petrol station and was left with a chronic pain condition and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The member of NASUWT was walking away from a petrol station on a roadway when, despite getting onto the pavement to avoid a reversing car, the vehicle mounted the kerb, knocking her to the floor and trapping her legs under the wheel.

She was released from under the vehicle by the driver and rushed to hospital by paramedics who treated her for soft tissue injuries including to her shoulder, neck and back.

A consultation a month after the accident found that she had also fractured her pelvis. She now suffers from Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS), meaning that she struggles to walk and is unable to work. The woman also requires therapy to try to help her cope with her anxiety as a result of her PTSD.

She contacted her union, NASUWT, who, together with Thompsons Solicitors, secured a six-figure sum of compensation for her.

The NASUWT member said: “I’m still suffering nightmares from the accident to this day. I screamed in agony until the driver finally realised that I was trapped under his car and pulled away.

“I tried to return to work but it was just too much; the school didn’t seem concerned about my injuries or accommodating my limitations. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I will probably never be able to teach again.

“I hope that the compensation I have received means I can keep trying new methods of physiotherapy so that I’m not reliant on crutches for the rest of my life.”

“I tried to return to work but it was just too much; the school didn’t seem concerned about my injuries or accommodating my limitations. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I will probably never be able to teach again."

Trade union member