Danielle Ormond's bid for justice after she survived a gas explosion at the Drumtochty Arms at Auchenblae, Aberdeenshire, moved a step closer after it was confirmed that her case for compensation is to be heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
Miss Ormond, who was working as a barmaid at the Arms, suffered serious injuries after being caught under rubble following the blast including a collapsed lung, a number of broken ribs, fractured vertebrae in her neck and back, damage to her jaw and teeth, multiple cuts and post -traumatic stress disorder. Her injuries still plague her years after the event and she continues to have to take prescription painkillers to do everyday activities and sleep.
Both the hotel owner and gas company who were working on the premises at the time of the incident are being pursued for damages.
Partner at Thompsons Solicitors in Aberdeen who is representing Miss Ormond, Chris Gordon, said:
"It is very lucky that Miss Ormond survived and her injuries continue to impact on her life years after the event.
"When she went to work at the Drumtochty Arms that day, Miss Ormond didn't expect to have her life turned upside down by an explosion. She lost income and continues to need treatment for her injuries.
"At Thompsons Solicitors our experts make sure that the victims of accidents get the best possible compensation so they can get their life back on track. Miss Ormond clearly deserves redress to help her deal with the impact this incident has had on her life and Thompsons are determined to help her."
Speaking on the progress of her case, Danielle Ormond, said:
"This has been hanging over me for such a long time, I'm happy that it's now moving forward.
"Looking back on the whole thing I still feel lucky to be alive but I hope I get closure soon.
"The pain in my back is going to be a factor that will affect me for the rest of my life. I still need prescription painkillers to go about my day to day life and get some sleep.
"All of this has a big effect on you and Thompsons are really helping me get things sorted."