Serious Injury Expert Welcomes Car Crash Victim’s Continuing Recovery

Specialist Helped Man Secure Rehabilitation After Incident

07.11.2011

A lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who helped a young car crash victim secure the care he needed to continue his recovery from a serious head injury has welcomed news coverage showing how surgeons have helped him move forward with his life.

Jack Martindale, now 22, from London, suffered brain damage and serious fractures to his skull after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on New Year’s Day 2010.

However, medical experts at the Royal Hospital London have told The Sun how they rebuilt his skull – which was shattered into 30 pieces – following a five-hour operation involving the insertion of several titanium plates.

Following the surgery, and months of specialist care, Jack has now returned to complete the final year of his degree in English and Politics at the University of York.

Irwin Mitchell has acted for Jack following the car crash and has helped him to secure the funds required for access to the rehabilitation and support services which have played such a fundamental role in his recovery.

The firm has won the Post magazine’s Rehabilitation Initiative Award for Claimant Solicitor for four consecutive years, which demonstrates its specialist knowledge of the area.

Victoria O’Neill, the serious injury specialist at Irwin Mitchell’s London office who works with Jack’s family, said:  “It is brilliant news that Jack has been able to recover and rebuild his life following the devastating, life-changing injuries he suffered nearly two years ago.

“Like so many of the cases we are involved in, his story demonstrates the terrible consequences that car crashes can have, often turning the lives of victims completely upside down. However, what this also shows is that – with the right support – those left with serious injuries can take positive steps towards turning their lives back around.

“Through our work to secure interim payments, we were able to ensure that Jack could access the rehabilitation and care he needed. We continue to support him as he continues his studies at university and are pleased with his remarkable progress.”