pounds 280,000 damages for leg

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A MARKS & Spencer sales assistant whose leg had to be amputated after an accident at work was yesterday awarded pounds 280,000 damages at the High Court against the company.

A metal grille fell and struck the left shin of Karen Gower, 28, at the company's store in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in September 1991. The bruising injury triggered a reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), and three years later, the leg was amputated. A year after that, Ms Gower was walking on crutches when she fell and struck her right knee; now she risks losing that leg as well.