Passenger sues after bus crash

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A SHEFFIELD bus passenger who was left paralysed after an accident has launched a legal battle for compensation of more than £300,000.

David Horsfield, aged 68, was about to get off the double decker bus in Fitzalan Square, in the city centre, when a Hovis lorry collided with the bus he was on, throwing him to the floor.

Mr Horsfield fractured his neck and is now partially paralysed, suffering other injuries including a severe adjustment depressive disorder.

Mr Horsfield was treated at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield before being moved to the spinal injuries centre at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

During his six months in hospital, he suffered further problems, becoming ill with superbug MRSA, various infections and enduring sleep problems, as well as a pressure sore.

Mr Horsfield is suing Rank Hovis McDougall Group, which operated the lorry, for damages sustained during the accident, which took place in December 2009.

A High Court writ says Mr Horsfield’s bungalow became unsuitable for his needs.

He was forced to move into Haythorne Place Care Home until a suitable alternative property became available.

Mr Horsfield now lives at the Roman Ridge Extra Care Scheme, in Lavender Way, Daffodil Road, Wincobank.

There he is given top up care by two carers, seven hours a day, five days a week, the writ says.

The writ adds that he now suffers from pain, severe spasticity and spasms, and needs a wide range of aids and equipment to help him get around.

He is also demoralised and depressed but tries to hide his feelings from others, and needs long-term psychological treatment, the writ says.

Mr Horsfield speaks of sadness, pessimism, dissatisfaction, self-dislike, the feeling of being punished, tearfulness, along with irritability and insomnia.

Hovis lorry driver Kevin Kiely was arrested after the incident and he was subsequently convicted of driving without due care and attention.

He was fined £2,000. His licence was endorsed with penalty points at Sheffield magistrates court in June 2010.

Solicitors for Rank Hovis McDougall Group admitted liability for the accident in June this year, the writ says.

But the two sides are thought to be unable to agree how much compensation he should receive.

Mr Horsfield says Mr Kiely was negligent and claims he failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to see the bus, failed to give way, tried to change lanes when it was unsafe, drove into the bus’s path and drove too fast.

The writ was issued by Helen Clifford of solicitors AMV Law.