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Spinal cord injured client achieves his goal of returning to adrenaline sports

About the accident

Kevin suffered a T12 spinal cord injury in a road traffic collision in 2016. Kevin was ejected from his vehicle when a van collided with the rear of his van, pushing him into oncoming traffic.

While his injuries were life changing, Kevin was determined they weren’t going to stop him living an independent and fulfilling life.

SCI client achieves his goal of returning to adrenaline sports

The challenges faced by Kevin

Kevin instructed CFG Law when he was still in the hospital. There were concerns about where he would be discharged to and the appropriate rehabilitation setting for his needs.

Kevin’s partner was also struggling with the journey to visit him in the hospital due to the distance from home and issues with her car.

Upon discharge from the hospital, Kevin had complex needs and initially required high levels of personal care and rehabilitation. He was also very eager to return to his pre-accident adrenaline sports and hobbies.

How CFG Law helped with these challenges

Our Client Support Managers assisted immediately with Kevin’s care, using their experience to coordinate his initial transfer to a specialist spinal unit.

We provided funding for travel expenses for Kevin’s partner to visit him in the hospital, as well as assisting with weekend hotel visits for him and his partner whilst he was still in hospital.

We implemented a comprehensive rehabilitation and support plan with the sole aim of improving Kevin’s independence and quality of life post-accident. This included adaptation of a suitable property (including a hydrotherapy pool), mobility aids and a specialist wheelchair, physiotherapy and counselling.

We also put in place a care package which initially surrounded high levels of personal care. However, through intensive rehabilitation and the provision of suitable accommodation and aids and equipment, the needs changes to provide more support to Kevin in accessing the community and participating in his pre-accident adrenaline sports and hobbies.

A huge part of Kevin’s life pre-accident was in relation to adrenaline sports and his love of riding his motorbike. The claims process helped him to acquire a bespoke trike that has a specially adapted seat that allows Kevin to ride it solo, as well as the added bonus of extra seats to take friends and family for a ride!

As well as taking rides on his trike, Kevin has succeeded in getting back on two wheels thanks to a track day at Silverstone and has also tried skiing and quad biking. He is also eager to explore opportunities for skydiving and scuba diving in the not too distant future.

Kevin was also determined to purchase an Exoskeleton to help him to stand. After trialling several models, Kevin decided on the Indigo. He took delivery of it four days before he was due to be married and practised and practised so he could use it to stand at his wedding.

The results and outcome

As part of the claims process, our solicitors secured interim payments throughout the process totalling £765k. This was achieved by fully utilising the Serious Injury Guide and working with the Defendant’s insurers to agree on recommended treatment and rehabilitation. This was achieved without disclosing any medical reports.

A full settlement was agreed at a Joint Settlement Meeting in May 2018, with Kevin securing damages of £5.3m.

The settlement was achieved to coincide with the second anniversary of Kevin’s accident and without the need to issue court proceedings.

Comment from Polly Herbert

“The success of a case isn't measured by money; it is about allowing someone to fulfil their potential and helping support them to achieve their own personal goals. Kevin was definitely one of the most challenging clients as he set himself hard rehabilitation goals, but it was his determination that made sure we all worked our hardest to deliver all the support he needed.”

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Why we're different

At CFG Law, we are specialist serious injury solicitors with over 30 years’ experience and a track record of success in handling high value and complex injury claims. All members of the team share a common purpose: to help those affected by injury - together.

By making a claim with CFG Law, you will receive the support of a multidisciplinary team including both a Serious Injury Solicitor and a Client Support Manager (with health and social care backgrounds), all on a no win no fee basis. Our Client Support Managers will assess your needs from day one and work to provide the support you and your family need immediately.

Our Client First Service is designed to meet the needs of the individual, whatever they may be, whenever they may arise. Our service is provided on a no win no fee basis, so there's no financial risk to you in making a claim. We also do not take any success fee or shortfalls, meaning you keep 100% of your compensation.

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All of your team will, of course, be experts and specialists in serious injury but there’s much more to what we do.

Our Client First Service means that our solicitors work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector, ensuring they have the time to dedicate to working collaboratively with you and your family. 

We work intensively and proactively on your claim, resulting in full compensation for your injuries without unnecessary delay.

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Lack of funding should not get in the way of you receiving treatment and support when you need it. This is why we have an emergency fund to help plug any gaps in your support straight away.

Examples of our emergency fund in action include paying for travel expenses for your family to visit in hospital, funding additional treatment and therapy to assist your recovery and addressing any immediate financial concerns you may have.

We can also help with benefits applications and provide support with appeal processes and signposting to charities and other emergency funding.

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We have Client Support Managers with expert clinical experience involved as part of your team from the start. They are able to provide well-informed guidance on available support and treatment options, helping you and your family to make the right decisions for you, as well as plugging any gaps in the information provided by your treating team.

Your Client Support Manager can also liaise with your treating team to help with discharge to suitable accommodation, including arranging and facilitating care packages and sourcing aids and equipment to improve your function and independence.

We work in collaboration with health and social care, as well as charities to ensure we all pull together to enable you to achieve your best possible outcome and lead a fulfilled life.

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Sustaining a serious injury inevitably has a significant psychological, as well as a physical impact on you and your family. 

We understand that it is important that all psychological and emotional factors are given as much attention as any physical injury to achieve the best outcomes.

That is why we listen carefully to you and your family to identify any possible underlying psychological barriers and emotional needs and ensure they are addressed as part of your support plan.

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At CFG Law, we take a different approach to serious injury claims. Our goal is to help you or your loved one get access to early treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation, and ongoing support. Our services go beyond expert legal advice to focus on your specific needs:

  • We work with medical professionals to get the best treatment for you
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