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How much do you think its worth to have your leg run over by a golf cart driven by a roadie for Bon Jovi? Sally Allen, 39, said £250,000 or about $400,000. The UK woman was left with a broken leg, crushed foot and dislocated toe after roadie Kevin McDonnell sped by. Allen, who was a security guard at the time, spent a week in the hospital and says she suffered depression due to the event when she could not return to work. She also says the injuries interfered with her sex life, known as a loss of consortium in the US.
Despite her troubles, a UK jury awarded the now single mother £33,000 in compensation, or approximately $53,000. Allen was dejected by the amount saying, "I have gone through hell since the accident and my marriage has broken down ... I'd no idea it would drag on this long. Now I have decided to draw a line under it and get on with my life. I can't cope with it anymore."
Nevertheless, Allen said that when it was all said and done, she was barely coming away with anything. "I finished up getting only about £3,000 after I paid back what I'd got in disability benefits and what I owed the solicitor. It's hard because I've lost more money than that through not working for four years."
The incident allegedly happened when Kevin McDonnell, who no longer works for Bon Jovi, said to Allen, "Do you know who I am? Get out of my way, you f***ing whore," before running her over. (I never knew that roadies used "do you know who I am?")
Nevertheless, the law does not impose extra penalties for being a jerk, so £33,000 was all the jury found that her injuries were worth.