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Ed's Story - Regaining Independence After A Serious Brain Injury

"I am able to be independent"

Ed Buckley was studying for an aerospace technology degree when a road traffic accident left him with a serious brain injury. Our personal injury solicitors helped Ed claim compensation and get the support he needed to regain his independence and finish his degree.

Ed’s Story

The accident happened when Ed was 20 years old, studying at the University of Leeds and dreaming of becoming a pilot. He was hit by a speeding taxi while walking home and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Doctors told Ed’s loved ones that he was unlikely to survive. Ed lay in a coma for months while doctors repeated their warnings.

His family, however, didn’t give up hope. They got in touch with our specialist serious injury lawyers to help them claim compensation and get Ed the rehabilitation he’d need to recover.

Incredibly, Ed began to wake up six months later but doctors still didn’t believe that he’d ever walk or talk again.


The Road To Recovery

Ed was moved to Northwick Park Hospital in London to be closer to his family.

Ed’s rapid progress stunned his doctors and against all predictions, he did learn to walk and talk again. After just over a year in hospital, he moved back to the family home which his parents had adapted for his needs.

Although Ed had made an incredible recovery, he didn’t have the mental capacity at that time to make certain important life decisions. His family asked our Court of Protection team to help manage his finances on his behalf.

“Ed’s story is one which shows a bravery and determination to succeed at all costs, with him continually defying medical experts during his recovery,” said serious injury solicitor, Sofie Toft. “He’s a truly inspirational person who has overcome a great number of obstacles and rebuilt his life in a remarkable way.”

A Bright Future

Ed was able to go back to university and complete an aerospace technology degree similar to the course he had started. The Court of Protection also reassessed his mental capacity and gave him full decision-making about his life again – a huge stride in his ambition to reclaim his independence.

“Reclaiming independence was something I was always focused on,” said Ed, “So getting my job was a major moment for me. I love having the chance to speak to new people, being out of the house and also taking on some responsibility.”

Sport has been a huge part of Ed’s recovery and is set to play a part in his future too. He took part in the Superhero Series Triathlon in 2017 & 2018 after rowing as part of his rehab.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain or head injury in an accident, our serious injury solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation. Speak to our team on 0370 1500 100 or contact us online to find out more.

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