Laura Fettig is pushing for a bigger payout after an $85,000 settlement as she sounded “European” after the collision outside a Hilton hotel near Los Angeles International Airport
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A woman has won £70,000 in damages after being left with a ‘foreign accent’ after being hit by a bus.
Laura Fettig was attacked outside a Hilton hotel near Los Angeles International Airport in 2014.
The American sued after sounding ‘European’ after the collision.
She won the payout during her trial – but a new set of lawyers filed a court motion to have the settlement overturned.
According to the California Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Fettig was told she could not opt out of the agreement she accepted.
One filing alleged she was pressured by her attorney, Jared Gross, to reach a “low settlement that would not adequately compensate her for the serious injuries and damages she suffered.”
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It added: “The motion accused Gross of forcing Fettig to accept the settlement.”
Only about 100 people have been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome since it was first discovered over a hundred years ago.
The condition is classified as when a person speaks with a different accent after a stroke or traumatic brain injury.
The Court of Appeals noted that her case was plagued by other “weaknesses.”
“Fettig’s charges against her attorney do not allow her to terminate a contract with others who are innocent of the charges,” it said.
She’s not the only person who has escaped an accident and encountered unusual problems.
In 2020, a right-handed businesswoman in Jamaica who survived a horrific car crash that killed her friend now has a British accent — and she’s suddenly left-handed.
Deana-Rae Clayton awoke from her coma to find she sounded English despite never having been to the UK.
The 33-year-old told Mirror Online: “In my head I speak Patois but when it comes out of my mouth I sound British.
“I’m left-handed too. I used to only write with my right hand, but now I can use both.”
She added: “We were just getting back from a party when the accident happened. The driver’s side of the car was hit by the impact, killing Christopher and seriously injuring me sitting behind him.
“When I woke up from the coma, I had no idea what had happened. The doctor told me I had been in a serious accident and when I started speaking I realized I sounded different.
“I have an MRI scan every three months to check if the swelling in my brain has worsened and my neurologist said it doesn’t look like I’m losing my British accent.
“He said he’s never seen anything like this happen to a patient in all his years and it’s believed I’m the only person in Jamaica with the foreign accent syndrome.”
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