Wife sues husband after car horror

A HOLIDAY to Scandinavia ended in disaster for one Suffolk couple - and today the wife is suing her husband for hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages.

A HOLIDAY to Scandinavia ended in disaster for one Suffolk couple - and today the wife is suing her husband for hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages.

Gislingham woman Sally Baker is suing her husband David Baker and his insurers Swedish company Trygg-Hansa Forsakings AB, for more than £300,000 compensation after she was seriously injured in a road accident in Sweden.

Royal and Sun Alliance, UK agents for the Swedish insurer, do not dispute liability, according to a writ issued in London's High Court.

Mrs Baker, 52, suffered a severe head injury, a fractured pelvis, and a fractured vertebra in the accident in January 2004.


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She was a front seat passenger in a Toyota vehicle driven by her husband when he lost control of the car in large amounts of fresh snow, the writ says.

The writ, issued by Ipswich solicitors Ashton Graham, claims he was driving on fresh snow at the side of the road rather than following tracks of cars ahead.

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It says he was driving towards Alvsjo in Sweden before flying back to the UK when the car began to skid towards a ditch, and as he tried to avoid the ditch, he car slid along the wrong side of the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

After the crash, Mrs Baker, of Back Street, spent nearly as month in hospital. She was discharged in March 2004, and continues to suffer from loss of concentration, memory problems, mood swings, emotional reactions, difficulties with balance, tinnitus, voice control, slowness in movement, and clumsiness. Her pelvis and back injuries healed without complication, although she has suffered from pain as a result of these, the court will hear.

Mrs Baker says her husband negligently drove on fresh snow when there was a risk of the car skidding on a hard and frozen road surface underneath, allowed the car to skid towards the ditch, put the car in a position where there was a foreseeable risk of entering the ditch and needing emergency corrective action.

The writ says he also negligently took emergency corrective action which made the car skid on the wrong side of the road into another vehicle, lost control of the car, and collided with another vehicle.

Mrs Baker, who is believed to live with her husband at their Gislingham home, declined to comment on the case.

What do you think of Mr and Mrs Baker's case? Have you sued a family member? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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