Posted by Helen Childs, Partner
£1.6 million for amputation following a motorcycle accident
JC was only a teenager when he had a motorcycle accident which resulted in severe leg injuries.
The doctors were initially able to save his leg but this left him in agonising pain, and he had to make the incredibly difficult decision to amputate. Previously a very keen sportsman, the physician and psychological impact of his accident was incredibly difficult for him to come to terms with. As he began to improve he started to play wheelchair basketball to regain his fitness.
He had real difficulties with the fit and function of the NHS prostheses he received, and interim payments were secured to allow him to purchase a bespoke prosthesis. In time he also purchased a spare prosthesis, a sports prosthesis and prosthetics with state of the art genium knee joints.
He was unable to return to his work in a motorcycle dealers, although they did their best to accommodate his difficulties it proved impossible. By now he was becoming very proficient at wheelchair basketball and wanted to play professionally. He was so good he even trialled for the British Olympics squad.
His claim settled for in excess of £1.6 million, including provision for regular replacement and upgrades for his prostheses, considerable loss of earnings and accommodation.
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