Specialist serious injury solicitors at Irwin Mitchell helped a young man who suffered life-changing injuries in a car collision, negotiating a lifetime rehabilitation and care package that will enable him to live independently.
24-year-old Matt, from Cornwall, was a passenger in a car that overturned near Quintrell Down in May 2011. He suffered catastrophic injuries and is now paralysed from the chest down. Matt can’t move his legs and is only capable of restricted arm movement.
After the collision Matt was taken to hospital before being moved to a specialist spinal cord unit. He spent seven months there and then moved to a nursing home in St Austell to help with his rehabilitation.
He was finally able to go home to his family but had to live in their converted garage, as the house itself wasn’t wheelchair accessible.
Matt, a former builder, contacted our serious injury team who helped him access the rehabilitation, care, accommodation and bespoke equipment he now requires.
We secured a seven-figure settlement from the motorist’s insurers which will allow him to live on his own for the first time. The compensation will fund a wheelchair accessible home for Matt, specially designed for his needs. Because of this home he won’t have to rely on his parents for help with his care.
Deborah Bigwood, a serious injury expert based in Irwin Mitchell’s South West office, assisted Matt with his claim. She said:
“With the help of the settlement, Matt can regain some independence and live in a house of his own designed around his requirements.
“We hope that Matt will have peace of mind that he has some quality of life back now the legal case has ended. He’s shown incredible character in how he’s coped with his injury and we wish him great success in his new found abilities in wheelchair rugby.”
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