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Woman successfully sues for Loss of Opportunity following drop-out from College

A woman, represented by Harper Macleod LLP, has successfully sued and received an undisclosed sum for loss of opportunity following termination of her college course.

The woman was involved in a road traffic accident on the M80 near Glasgow, Scotland when she was involved in a collision, through no fault of her own.


As a result of the collision, the woman sustained both physical and psychological injuries that prevented her from attending her HNC Business course.

Following discussions with her tutor, she was advised that she was missing too much of her course and it was very unlikely that she would be able to “catch up” at a later date. Given that, she was asked to terminate her studies immediately.

The woman did so, in the hope that she would be able to re-enrol the following year but her injuries continued and she missed yet another year.

It was the woman’s intention, following completion of the course, to attend University to complete a degree in Business but as a result of the accident, she was facing over a two year delay in reaching University.

The woman instructed Harper Macleod to investigate not only her physical and psychological injuries but also the effect that the accident had had on her studies.

Harper Macleod was able to establish a case for loss of opportunity given that she was prevented from completing her course and enrolling to University. The woman received an undisclosed sum for the significant disruption to her further education.

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