Very serious leg fracture
Peter was on his motir bike when he was struck by another motorist. The driver admitted he was to blame and his insurers took up the defence of the case as we sought to recover compensation for Peter.
The Leg Fracture
This was so severe that Peter nearly had his leg amputated. The surgeon recommended this as the fracture was so severe and he was in excruciating pain. Peter was determined however to fight on and refused to accept the diagnosis.
The long road to recovery
Peters wife had to increase her hours as he was unable to ever work again and his elderly mother took up the task of caring for him and the families two teenage children who were at college while his wife was the sole bread winner.
Time spent in his bedroom
Peter was for over two years unable to negotiate the stairs in his house so he spent his days almost exclusively in his bedroom. He wiled away the hours playing the online game of warcraft amongst others becoming one of the highest ranked players.
The key battleground on this case was not the extent of the injury or the loss of earning or care he may need in the future instead it was whether in view of his injury Peter needed ground floor accommodation.
The trial judge heard evidence from numerous experts on this issue and ultimately agreed that if there was a fire or a burglary or other emergency Peter would not be able to negotiate the stairs in his house safely.
At one point Peter went to the toilet in the trial and the extent of his Immobility was evident to all in the court as he shuffled on two sticks.
Pre accident condition
Another argument was raised by the defence that the injured man was as disabled before this accident. Peter had been unfortunately injured some ten years earlier by an untraced driver which had resulted in orthopaedic injuries and a brain injury.
Prior to the trial the injured man produced photos of him and his kids taken at a roller skating ring only a few months before the accident. It was clear that his pre accident mobility was far greater than now.