a ROAD accident victim who a decade ago accepted a £12,500 compensation payout - despite suffering life-changing injuries - has won her bid to reopen the case.
Joanne Dunhill, aged 50, suffered severe brain damage when she was knocked down by a motorbike while crossing the A635 Doncaster Road, Barnsley, in June 1999.
When Mrs Dunhill sued the motorcyclist’s insurers in January 2003, her claim was eventually settled for £12,500.
But, if it was brought now, it would be worth at least £800,000 - and up to over £2 million - judges at the Court of Appeal in London have ruled.
Allowing her appeal, Lord Justice Ward said that, with proper advice, Mrs Dunhill’s claim would never have been settled for such limited sums.
The court heard Mrs Dunhill had been incapable of giving proper instructions.
“She needed to know what she was giving up - and she did not have the faintest idea she was giving up a minor fortune,” said the judge. Mrs Dunhill now lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan.