A former midwife who suffers from arthritis after catching salmonella poisoning at a Chinese restaurant was awarded more than £1 million in damages yesterday.
Margaret-Ann Reynard, aged 39, sued Exquisite Quisine after eating at one of its restaurants, Latours, in East Kilbride in 2000.
At the Court of Session in Edinburgh earlier this year, the firm admitted liability for the salmonella.
Initially the company disputed causing arthritis but their medical experts later accepted that there was a connection between the salmonella poisoning and Mrs Reynard's condition.
Mrs Reynard, from East Kilbride, said in her action she was unable to return to her job as a staff midwife with Ayrshire and Arran Health Authority and was retired on ill-health grounds last year.
In February this year, Mrs Reynard told the court that after qualifying as a general nurse in 1987, she spent years undertaking more training to become a skilled midwife, a job she "loved".
On October 14, 2000, she was infected at the restaurant either through eating chicken, egg fried rice or sweet and sour sauce.
After seeking medical advice for various ill effects, Mrs Reynard was admitted to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride several days later where she was given antibiotics intravenously.
She also suffered from a bout of severe diarrhoea which lasted for 17 days and a cyst on her ovary was removed.
After taking time off, she returned to her job, working 30 hours a week with the hope she could eventually raise that to 37 hours.
But her symptoms became unbearable and she was eventually retired from her post with Ayrshire and Arran Health Board last year on the grounds of ill-health.
Mrs Reynard told the court: "I was hopeful that I would get better and work until I retired. It was my dream."
Mrs Reynard, who has to walk with the aid of a stick, said that, as well as not being able to work, she would have to sell her first-floor flat in East Kilbride to buy a speciallymodified bungalow.
Lord Hodge awarded Mrs Reynard £1,243,082 in damages, which included £627,730 for the loss of her earnings as a midwife until her retirement and the loss of her pension rights, and £397,304 for the cost of caring for her in the past and in the future.
Mrs Reynard's lawyer, David McIntosh, said: "She is significantly disabled. The arthritis has affected her joints so she finds it difficult to walk and just move about the house and carry out daily tasks.
"She has also suffered mentally. It has been a particularly depressing period for her."