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Motorcyclist back in the driving seat after road traffic accident
Sixty-six year old Anthony Law from Leicester has won his case against the driver who left him paralysed with no muscle power below armpit level, with help from the specialist serious injury team at leading legal practice, NewLaw Solicitors.
The trike would be customised to allow Mr Law to drive using his hands, while the ‘third wheel’ adaption would provide the necessary stability. He would be able to transfer in and out of the trike independently and it could stow his wheelchair whilst travelling.
Mr Law was injured when he was driving his motorcycle home from work in September 2009 and a vehicle pulled out in front of him, failing to give way. He sustained a fracture to his spine which left him with no active movement in his lower limbs. He also fractured his right collarbone right shoulder blade and multiple bilateral ribs which has left him with reduced upper body strength. This impacts his ability to manoeuvre and transfer in and out of his wheelchair.
Mr Law also suffered severe internal injuries, including lung contusion and pneumothorax on both sides, renal failure, a ruptured spleen and two minor heart attacks. Due to the injuries to his spine, Mr Law sustained a number of intestinal serosal tears which means he no longer has control of his bowel and had to be fitted with an ileostomy bag.
Mr Law spent the three weeks following the accident in an induced coma and was in hospital for six and a half months before being discharged to an ASPIRE bungalow. The accident has left him needing assistance with the most basic daily activities including washing, dressing and transferring from his wheelchair. He now has a carer who comes in for nine hours a day, from 8.30am to 16.30pm and 21.30pm to 22.30pm, to supplement the care he receives from his wife, Susan.
As a keen member of the motorcycling community since the age of 16, Mr Law is determined to pursue his passion despite the limitations imposed by his disabilities. He has identified a motor tricycle with adapted controls which would give him as similar as possible an experience to that which he enjoyed before the accident.
Mr Law said: “Test driving the trike was the absolute highlight of my life since the accident and I can’t wait to purchase my own and get back some of my independence. In a way, the case will never be over, but we do have a sense of relief at the settlement and can try to move on with our lives now.
“We’ve had the full support of the NewLaw team from the very beginning right through to the resolution of my case. It took four years from start to finish and was very frustrating at times, but we had the top people looking after us at NewLaw and cannot fault the service we received from them.”
Hilton Obery, Mr Law’s solicitor at NewLaw, said: “It is vitally important to restore the lives of those who have been catastrophically injured, and for Tony to be placed in a position of as much independence as possible. Tony is now living in fantastic newly-adapted accommodation, has an adapted vehicle, all the recommended equipment and a financial package to fund a care and case management regime for the rest of his life. At times during the claim it has been difficult for him and his wife Susan, but there is a great relief that this part of their journey is complete and they can now look forward to a three month holiday in Australia visiting family.”
NewLaw Solicitors is one of the leading legal practices in the country and has one of the largest, most experienced catastrophic injury teams in the UK. Every year it helps thousands of injured people recover the compensation they deserve following life changing accidents and raises thousands of pounds for the charities that work with its clients.
Kiki Farr - NewLaw Solicitors
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