NHS administrator, 53, wants £1.6m in compensation after breaking her ankle in a collision and claiming the injury forced her AND her husband to both quit their jobs
- Sandra Mehmetemin broke ankle in a car crash and has not worked since
- Says she is in constant pain and her husband gave up work to care for her
- Her lawyers said driver was going too fast and did not keep a look out’
- But claims handling firm, Eldon insurance, have now ‘taken umbrage’ with some parts of her claim – including its valuation at £1.6million
A former NHS worker wants £1.6million in compensation for breaking her ankle after claiming the injury forced both her and her husband to quit their jobs.
Sandra Mehmetemin was 53 when she suffered the bad break and other minor injuries in a collision with another motorist on an A-road in Essex.
The NHS administrator claims she was left in constant pain after the December 2009 accident and has ‘not worked since’, London’s High Court heard.
Sandra Mehmetemin was 53 when she suffered the bad break and other minor injuries in a collision with another motorist on an A-road in Essex. She was left in constant pain after the December 2009 accident.
The court heard she had to be medically retired from her job in 2011 and her husband, Mustapha, in his 50s, ‘gave up his employment in order to look after his wife.’
The other motorist’s insurers swiftly admitted full liability for the crash which caused Mrs Mehmetemin’s injuries.
Her lawyers said the driver was going ‘too fast’ and ‘failed to keep a proper look out’.
But claims handling firm, Eldon insurance, have now ‘taken umbrage’ with some parts of her claim – including its valuation at £1.6m.
Today her lawyers denied there was any ‘element of artificiality’ in her case, insisting she and her husband need every penny claimed.
Paul Rose QC, for Mrs Mehmetemin, now 60, told the court she has endured numerous operations on her broken ankle and suffers ‘significant ongoing symptoms.’
The court heard Mrs Mehmetemin had to be medically retired from her job in 2011 and her husband, Mustapha (pictured left) ‘gave up his employment in order to look after his wife’
The former NHS worker now uses a mobility scooter to get around and told the judge she is unable to enjoy shopping trips and visits to family as she used to.
She needs a stairlift to get upstairs in her three-bedroom rented home in Heybridge, Maldon.
Mrs Mehmetemin added that she can’t walk her dog alone, using the scooter because ‘he walks under the wheels and I’m afraid I’ll run him over.’
She needs her husband’s help with that and many other day to day tasks, she told the judge, Sir Robert Nelson.
‘I’d like to get back to as near to normal, as I was before the accident, in any way I can,’ she added.
Mr Rose said that aspects of Mrs Mehmetemin’s claim had ’caused umbrage’ with insurers, despite the admission of liability.
Eldon Insurance says Mrs Mehmetemin is asking for £1million more than she needs, putting the value of her claim at £600,000, Mr Rose said.
He added that the issue of how much care she will need in future, and from whom, is particularly ‘controversial.’
Defence council, Patrick Blakesey, cross-examining Mrs Mehmetemin, said she had been having only ‘sporadic’ physiotherapy treatment on her injured ankle.
He also queried her claim for funds to enable her to move to a new home, specially adapted to her needs.
And he went on to question whether her husband really needed to quit work completely in order to look after her.
‘You have spoken about the devoted care your husband has lavished upon you and the sacrifices he has made to do that.
‘There is an issue in this case about what happens into the future,’ the barrister said.
‘Your husband stopped working in 2010 in order to look after you…looking after you and the house is now effectively his occupation.
‘There has been no proposal for him to go back to work and you don’t want him to go back to work,’ Mr Blakesey added.
‘I don’t see how he could,’ Mrs Mehmetemin responded.
‘Has he investigated any alternative work which might fit around the care?’ the barrister asked.
‘No’ she replied.
The High Court hearing continues.