Lawyers Help Former Physical Trainer Secure Settlement To Support Recovery
A Wiltshire man who had his right leg amputated after he was crushed by a car is speaking out about his recovery and how he remains determined to get the best from life.
Robert Norbury, 76, from Burbage, was helping to guide a car into a garage on private land when the vehicle accelerated suddenly. He was left pinned against the back wall and impaled on a shelf bracket.
Following the incident in September 2018, the former physical trainer who also served in The Army as a helicopter engineer, was taken to Swindon Hospital before then being airlifted to Southmead in Bristol. The extent of his injuries meant he required an above-the-knee amputation on his right leg, while his left has undergone a range of treatment.
Robert, former president of Burbage and Eastern Royal British Legion, instructed expert serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell who have secured a settlement to help him access the specialist limbs, support and therapies he requires.
Now, he has joined with the specialists to mark Limb Loss Awareness Month, which is taking place throughout April to highlight the effect of such injuries and how individuals are looking to regain their independence.
Expert Opinion“Robert suffered truly devastating injuries in this incident and then had to face up to the reality that he would have to lose his left leg.
“It must have been incredibly difficult to go through that, but he has always shown immense courage as is determined to regain his independence.
“While Robert faces many challenges he is making great progress in his recovery. We are pleased to have secured this settlement which will fund the specialist support he requires now and in the future.” Claire Howard - Partner
Robert, who lives with wife Doreen, is continuing his rehabilitation. He has been provided with a prosthetic limb and undergoing regular assessments. It is possible he may require further surgery.
He said: “I’ve always enjoyed an active lifestyle. Even after retiring a lot of my time was taken up with enjoying and taking part in physical challenges for charity.
“The incident all happened so quickly. One minute the car engine was a slight hum then it turned into a roar. The next thing was I was pinned against the wall.
Robert said: “The past couple of years and trying to come terms with everything have been the most difficult of my entire life. I cannot thank enough Doreen and the rest of the family for their support.
“I’m determined not to let what happened define me and am doing everything I can to look to the future and keep positive. Throughout my life I’ve always been very active and I am focused on doing what I can to ensure that is the case.
“Losing a limb was completely devastating and there has been some hard times. However, I just hope that by speaking out others in a similar situation can feel positive and don’t feel they have to go through it alone. There is a lot of support out there.”
Limb Loss Awareness Month runs throughout April and aims to highlight the impact of such conditions and how those affected are rebuilding their independence. It is supported by a number of charities including LimbPower, Limbless Association, Blesma and Steps.
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