Injection Moulder Expected To Be Off Work For Up To Six Months Because Of Serious Injuries Instructs Lawyers To Help Him Access Rehabilitation
A Sheffield cyclist left unable to dress or feed himself following a suspected hit and run has revealed the impact his injuries have had on his life.
Darren Staniforth suffered a catalogue of serious injuries including a shattered right shoulder blade, two fractured ribs and a chipped right elbow when he came off his bike while cycling to work. He also suffered severe bruising.
The 51-year-old underwent surgery to pin and plate his right shoulder which was broken in multiple places.
Sheffield cyclist Darren asks serious injury lawyers for help
Following the incident which happened in Ridgeway Road, Manor Top, Darren, instructed expert serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help investigate and help him access the specialist support, rehabilitation and therapies he requires.
Darren has been off work from his job as an injection moulder since the incident. He is expected to be off work for up to six months and may have to return on light duties.
Darren, who is right-handed is now reliant on wife Andrea, 51, to help care for him. He’s now spoken for the first time about his battle to overcome his injuries.
Appeal for witnesses to collision in which Darren was hurt
Darren has joined his legal team in appealing for witnesses or those with dash or helmet cam footage of the incident in which he was injured, or its aftermath to come forward, to help ensure he receives the best rehabilitation package he can.
The incident happened at about 6.30am on Tuesday, 24 January, in Ridgeway Road, near to the junction with Hurlfield Road.
Darren believes he was hit by a vehicle which drove off. He does not remember what happened, although recalls it was busy and traffic was travelling very close to him.
Expert Opinion“The last few months have been incredibly difficult for Darren as he battles to overcome the serious injuries he suffered.
“He’s still in a lot of pain, is unable to do many basic tasks for himself and continues to be reliant on Andrea.
“Surgeons have said Darren’s injuries are consistent with him being hit by a vehicle and it’s unlikely he would have suffered such severe injuries if he hadn’t been involved in a collision.
“Darren is likely to require extensive, ongoing physiotherapy and we’re determined to support him the best we can.
“Therefore, we’re appealing for anyone who may have more information or footage of the incident, the moments leading up to it or its aftermath, to get in touch. Any detail could be key in helping us secure the ongoing rehabilitation Darren needs to overcome his injuries and get more of his life back.
“Through our work we see the devastating consequences of collisions therefore it’s vital that all road users take care at all times.” Louise Morgan
Serious injury: Darren Staniforth's story
Darren was wearing a hi-vis jacket and had two headlamps and a large flashing rear light on his bike which also had glow in the dark wheels fitted.
Following the incident, Darren understands a lot of motorists drove past him as he lay on the ground on the inside lane of the road. However, a woman stopped and came to his aid before he was taken to hospital.
He’s still unable to cycle, go to the gym or take part in boxing exercise sessions which he used to.
Darren reveals impact injuries have had on his life
Darren said: “One moment I was cycling along the road and the next thing I remember was coming round on the ground and being in absolute agony.
“I remember seeing the headlights of cars driving past then a woman got out of her car to help me. When the doctors told me the extent of my injuries and what they would mean, I could hardly believe it.
“Before this I led an active life. I’ve cycled for years and always been careful. I’ve cycled along this route for years and know it like the back of my hand.
“I’d help out with the jobs at home and used to go to the gym several times a week. However, I can’t do any of that now. I can’t even dress myself or have a proper meal without Andrea helping me.
“The last few months have been incredibly stressful for me and it’s been difficult to accept what happened. Despite this I want to make the best recovery I can. I know it’s not going to be easy and I’ll face many challenges, but I want to get more of my old life back.
“I’d be so grateful if anyone who has any information about what happened could help. It could allow me to receive the ongoing rehabilitation and support I need.”
How to get in touch with information
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Louise Morgan at Irwin Mitchell on 0114 274 4478 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Police initially launched an investigation into the incident but it was later closed.