An elderly woman from Northampton who broke her neck after a bus she was travelling on braked sharply, has launched a legal claim for compensation.
Gwendoline Sinnott, aged 86, was sitting at the front of a number 9A Stagecoach bus travelling along Bants Lane when she was thrown forward from her seat and hit her head against a metal bar.
The grandmother, who lives in Duston, was left semi-conscious on the floor and was taken to Northampton General Hospital.
Doctors later found Mrs Sinnott had sustained a broken neck and she required a number of stitches in her forehead and nose.
Mrs Sinnott, who had been travelling home from playing bingo, said: “After hitting my head, I fell to the floor. I’m not sure if I was fully conscious, but I certainly remember the pain in my head and neck. The bus driver didn’t know what had happened and continued driving, but thankfully a passenger shouted that I was hurt and the driver pulled over.
“My forehead was bleeding quite badly and when two ladies came to help me, one of them very kindly took off her top to use as a bandage for my head.”
Mrs Sinnott is appealing for any witnesses who may have been on the bus at about 3.45pm on Friday, May 4, 2012 to come forward.
Harvinder Kaur, a specialist road traffic accident lawyer, at Slater & Gordo,n who is representing Mrs Sinnott, said: “There was quite a lot of people on the bus and it was quite busy when the ambulance arrived. If anyone was on the same number bus, or was travelling on Bants Lane that afternoon and saw what happened, I would urge them to please get in touch.
“As a result of the accident, my client’s neck remains painful and her balance has been severely affected. She has difficulty getting around without assistance and has lost some of her independence as a result.”
Anyone who was travelling on the bus can call Harvinder Kaur at Slater & Gordon on 0844 854 3181.
A spokesman for Stagecoach said the company did not wish to comment on the incident at this time.