Doctor in ambulance crash receives 6 figure compensation

Emma Wightman

23 July 2015

Dr Cathy Armstrong, Consultant Anaesthetist was treating a critically ill patient when the ambulance she was travelling in collided with a truck. She sustained serious personal injuries meaning she is no longer able to pursue her career and was awarded in excess of £1 million in damages plus legal fees.

Dr Armstrong sued the driver of the truck, Noel Parsons and later added the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service as a second defendant.  The ambulance was travelling from Erne Hospital to Belfast with a police car escort.  The police car overtook Mr Parsons’ truck which was about to overtake a truck making a right turn.  The ambulance then collided with the truck and crashed off the road and overturned down an embankment.

Dr Armstrong’s legal team claimed that the Mr Parson’s actions were “foolhardy in its mildest form” and had resulted in a “life changing event” for the doctor.  The Court heard that Dr Armstrong lived for her career and fully intended to work as long as possible before retirement.  Due to her injuries she was unable to return to work following the accident.  It was alleged that had Mr Parsons used his mirrors properly he would have realised an ambulance was approaching. The settlement was reached out of Court and the terms have not been disclosed.

Accidents are life changing events for those involved in them.  Should you or a family member have been involved in accident and wish to claim compensation we can advise you fully.   If you have any queries regarding the issue of making a claim following a road traffic accident please contact Emma Wightman on 028 9024 3901 or contact us online using the contact us form.