Shaun Whiter was helping his friend change a tyre when a driver struck their vehicle in July 2016. The driver pleaded guilty to serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment and a five-year driving ban.
Shaun was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for treatment and suffered a double leg amputation as a result of the accident.
Prior to his accident Shaun enjoyed a full life socialising with friends and family. He played semi-professional football for Newmarket Town Football Club. His other sporting hobbies were skiing, golf, running, swimming and competing in triathlons.
"My rehabilitation started with physiotherapy sessions in Addenbrooke's and getting to know my body again as I had been bed bound for one month. This involved all types of physiotherapy, yoga, pilates and muscle work along with cardiovascular work. I found the rowing machine the best for this.
"Through my solicitors at Stewarts Law I was introduced to PACE Rehabilitation. This is where my rehabilitation was ramped up not only personally but also by the team around me as I kept going with the Pilates to help with my core stability. I kept the cardiovascular up with swimming and regular outings out on the wheelchair as that got my heart rate up.
"Eight months down the line and I have achieved so much according to everyone around me. I am back walking again using Genium x3s, which have been funded by interim payments received from the defendant's insurer. The prosthesis has enabled me to gain a massive part of my life back. With the help of PACE and the charity Limbpower I have been introduced to sit skiing on the indoor ski slope at Milton Keynes. I have also been involved in a Le Mans type go karting event helping to get petrol heads back into the racing world; I had a go kart that was hand control adapted to allow me to compete.
"With the help of PACE I have been introduced to new sports and have recently purchased a hand bike and have entered into a charity 150-mile cycle over two days and am very much looking forward to this. With a group of friends and family I am taking on a swimming challenge in July."
Shaun's case was taken on by Stewarts Law with Nichola Fosler, a partner in the personal injury team, having conduct of his case.
A claim has been brought against the driver of the car, which is ongoing. The car driver's insurer admitted liability for his injury at a relatively early stage and agreed to make a generous interim payment of damages to Shaun that has enabled him to fund private prosthetic and physiotherapy treatment and to purchase microprocessor prosthetic limbs.
Shaun's case is ongoing. Nichola Fosler commented:
"Shaun has shown great resilience and determination since the accident and it is a credit to him that only eight months into his rehabilitation journey he has been able to return to some of the sports that he enjoyed prior to the accident."
April is National Limbloss Awareness Month. We share this case study alongside other inspirational client stories as part of our #lifebeyondinjury campaign. We hope that by sharing these stories, recently injured people can see that with the right support, they too can overcome adversity and continue to lead full and active lives.
To find out more visit our Life Beyond Injury webpage.
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Nichola Fosler is a Partner in the Personal Injury department. Nichola specialises in compensation claims for adults and children who have suffered catastrophic injury. Catastrophic injuries are life changing; they include spinal cord and brain injuries, amputation or any severe injury which results in permanent disability. Nichola assists her clients with accessing the specialised medical and rehabilitative support they need to lead, so far as possible, fully independent lives.
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