A motorbiker rides along an alpine path coming from the sunset illustrating the importance of early rehabilitation in regaining access to pre-incident passions, like motorbiking.

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Amputation following serious injuries from a motorbike collision – Graham’s story

Graham, a highly skilled former motorcycle racer, was hit by a car whilst riding his bike home from a friend's house. Whilst his injuries were life-changing, access to early rehabilitation was crucial in allowing him to return to some of his pre-incident passions.

Whilst returning from a friend’s house, a car collided with Graham’s motorbike, resulting in him suffering major trauma injuries. 

Graham, a former motorcycle racer, was 76 at the time of the accident, he was thrown some distance from his motorbike, hitting metal railings. Graham recalls that he remembers “flying through the air, face down with my legs straight out behind me”.  He spent some weeks in hospital and it was unclear initially whether he would survive his serious injuries.  The accident resulted in his right left being amputated above the knee.

Before his accident, Graham had enjoyed an incredibly active life which included motorcycle racing, free water swimming, cycling, windsurfing and gardening.  The amputation of his right leg had a big impact on his ability to continue with this lifestyle.

Specialist solicitors for such serious injuries

He instructed specialist lawyers to act for him in his claim for compensation which enabled him to access early rehabilitation.  His aim was to be able to return to as many of his pre-accident lifestyle and activities as possible. 

During rehabilitation, Graham initially used a mechanical prosthetic knee.  His solicitors, as part of the claim, were able to instruct a team of prosthetics experts and Graham now uses one of the world’s most advanced microprocessor knees.  This makes him feel a lot safer and reduces the risk of falling.  His confidence in his microprocessor knee meant that he was able to return to some of his pre-accident activities including gardening and growing his own fruit and vegetables.

Vitally, Graham’s knee is tailored to his individual needs, to suit his particular lifestyle and mobility.  Whilst Graham may not have been able to return to all his pre-accident activities, he is now able to spend time out and about with his children and grandchild without support.

Graham’s advice for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation following major trauma is to remain positive throughout and trust in the people who are working to help and support you – always look on the bright side and take the good with the bad.

How Major Trauma Group can assist

If you have suffered injury as a result of an accident which was not your fault, Major Trauma Group can help you. Our member law firms have the experience and expertise necessary for claiming compensation for serious injuries. Get in touch via:

Major Trauma Group is a not-for-profit community interest company, set up in November 2020. Major Trauma Group’s purpose is to enhance the rehabilitation journey and provide specialist legal assistance to those suffering major trauma.  We do this by providing access to experienced legal advice in this specialised area. Crucially, our law firms have rehabilitation at the core of their services, emphasising recovery and ensuring financial security.

A motorbiker rides along an alpine path coming from the sunset illustrating the importance of early rehabilitation in regaining access to pre-incident passions, like motorbiking.
A motorcyclist rides along an alpine path coming from the sunset illustrating the importance of early rehabilitation in regaining access to pre-incident passions, like motorbiking.

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