Stormont compensation: Car crash victim ‘helpless’ over delay

Dec 7, 2020News

Stormont compensation: Car crash victim ‘helpless’ over delay.

A car crash victim has said she feels helpless because of a Stormont delay over compensation claims.

Anastassiya Kravtsova was left paralysed by the crash in 2015 but is yet to receive compensation.

Stormont has failed to set a new compensation rate since 2017, causing delays to claims.

Justice Minister Naomi Long, who is responsible for setting the rate, has delegated responsibility for changes to a civil servant.

Mrs Long had declared a conflict of interest in relation to the legislation because of her husband’s membership of a medical defence union.

Lawyers have warned victims may not receive any compensation until autumn 2022.

Anastassiya Kravtsova was paralysed after a car crash when she was 16.

The vehicle was being driven by her then-boyfriend Beres Szabolcs, who was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm by careless driving and given an eight-month prison sentence, as well as a five-year driving ban.

She told the Nolan Show the delay in compensation has affected her ability to get on with her life.

“It makes me angry and it makes me so helpless and depressed because I could be doing so much in my life.

“My life is on hold. I cannot live a normal life. I struggle every day in the situation that I am living in at the moment. All I can hope and pray for is a quick decision on the rate.”

Anastassiya said the compensation would help with medical treatment and equipment.

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