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Coach Driver Rebuilding Life After Belgium Crash Leaves Him Needing Amputation

A coach driver who has been unable to work since having his left arm amputated following a serious road crash abroad is hoping to rebuild his life after receiving funds to cover his care and rehabilitation costs.

Andrew Hardman, 53, from Creswell near Worksop, was on a rest period at the time of the crash almost four years ago. The incident involved a Toyota Yaris which is said to have pulled out in front of the coach at a T-junction near Bruges, in Belgium.

His left arm was severed above the elbow in the accident and had to be amputated. He also suffered fractures to the upper part of his left arm and his left ankle, as well as a number of cuts to his head, chest and stomach.

Unable to work since the crash, Mr Hardman’s life has been devastated by the injuries. He needs significant help with everyday activities such as washing and dressing and he will not be able return to the job he loved. 

law experts at Irwin Mitchell have negotiated an out-of-court settlement with the insurer of the Toyota Yaris to cover the cost of Mr Hardman’s lost earnings, care and medical expenses. The funds will also allow him to explore the possibility of having a specially designed prosthetic arm fitted.

Kathy Pickup, Associate Solicitor in Irwin Mitchell Travel Law team said: “Mr Hardman loved his job as a coach driver and is devastated that he will never be able to return to driving.

“He suffered extremely serious injuries as a result of a crash which was in no way his fault, and it is vital that he is able to access the care, support and rehabilitation he needs for the future.

“This support will play a crucial role in helping Mr Hardman to make the best possible recovery from his injuries improving his quality of life and his family who help care for him.”

Mr Hardman said: “I first wanted to be a coach driver when I was nine years old, and ever since then it has been the job that I dreamed of doing. It’s a massive shock to think that I will never be able to return to driving.

“The accident has had a huge impact on my daily life and four years on I still have regular flashbacks of the crash, and I have also suffered from depression and anxiety because of the uncertainty over my future.

“It is a great relief to know that the worst is behind me and that my future is now more secure. The last four years have been extremely difficult. Nothing can turn back the clock, but with the right care and support I hope I will be able to move forward and rebuild my life.”

If you or a loved one has suffered an accident or illness abroad as the result of a road traffic accident while on holiday, we could help you to claim the compensation you deserve. See our Road Traffic Accident Abroad Claims page for more information.

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