A brave young Sheffield woman left on the brink of death after a head-on smash has been awarded more than £1 million to help re-build her life.
Jade Denton, aged 23, from Gleadless, suffered a serious head injury when the car she was a passenger in careered out of control and ploughed into an oncoming car.
She also suffered a fractured spine, multiple rib fractures, a broken collarbone, shattered pelvis, ruptured spleen and broken teeth.
Jade, who was a catering assistant at the English Institute of Sport, underwent emergency surgery at the city’s Northern General Hospital.
She then had two months of speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Jade needed operations to remove her spleen and repair damaged internal organs, plus surgery on her shattered pelvis.
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Now Sheffield law firm Irwin Mitchell has secured Jade a seven-figure settlement from the insurance company of the motorist she was travelling with to pay for a life-long rehabilitation and care package.
The money will also be used to pay for a new home to help Jade live independently.
It is being held in trust for her to be used as and when needed for the rest of her life.
Jade said: “It’s been so difficult fighting back over the past few years and it is such a relief that the final settlement has now been agreed as it gives me peace of mind that my needs will be met for the rest of my life.
“The crash changed my life forever and it’s been a really frustrating process trying to get back on track.
“I still have problems with my memory and speech but the rehabilitation programme has been fantastic and I’ve made great progress. I’ve been going to the gym and working with specialist therapists to help re-learn how to do everyday tasks that other people might take for granted such as cooking and managing my life.
“I’ve also had occupational therapy with the aim of getting back to working, which was very important to me. I hope my experience shows other people who are either going through something similar themselves, or who has a friend or relative who has suffered a brain injury, that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
The crash happened on Gleadless Road in Sheffield in September 2011
Lawyer Stacy Clements said: “The past three years have been incredibly challenging for Jade who had to come to terms with the terribly debilitating injuries she sustained in the crash.
“She often feels frustrated about the impact the crash has had on her life but the way she has tackled her recovery and rehabilitation has been really inspiring. It’s a credit to her strength and determination that she has fought back from such a terrible brain injury.
“Jade returned to work part time, and has managed to sustain this as well as beginning to socialise with friends. She is lucky to have a very supportive family and we will also continue to assist Jade where we can in the future.”
Jade revealed details of her horrific injuries and recovery as part of National Road Safety Week.