Story Of Dad-Of-Two Will Feature On Helicopter ER
A dad-of-two has spoken of his battle to recover from serious injuries he sustained when a motorbike crashed into the crowd at a racing event.
Adam Webster suffered a number of injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, when a competitor’s motorcycle crashed through a track-side fence and collided with him during a race at Oliver’s Mount Race Circuit in Scarborough.
Adam, of Matlock, Derbyshire, who was a spectator at the race, was among 12 people injured in two separate crashes at the venue on the same day on the same part of track.
Following on from the accident, Adam, a former mechanic, instructed specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate what had happened to him, and to help him gain access to the rehabilitation services required to progress his recovery.
Adam, now 34, will feature on an episode of Helicopter ER on 26 August, which will cover the crash and the aftermath which took place in September 2017.
Expert Opinion“The life-changing injuries that Adam sustained in that split-second have had an enormous impact on him and his family.
The last couple of years have been incredibly difficult for them all but Adam has not only shown strength and determination in responding to his injuries but also bravery in sharing his story.
While he has made considerable progress in his recovery, Adam still faces many challenges ahead. We are determined to help Adam continue to access the specialist support and therapies he needs so his family can look to the future with confidence.”
Glen Whitehead - Solicitor
Adam is married to Grace, and the couple have two daughters. He was attending an event at the race circuit with his father, Tony, when a competitor appeared to lose control of his motorcycle which crashed through the fence into the crowd and struck Adam. Adam lost consciousness and was taken by ambulance to Scarborough General Hospital.
He sustained a traumatic brain injury, fracture of the right shin bones, a deep cut to his left calf, and numerous cuts and bruises. Adam’s fractures were treated with the insertion of a nail down the centre of his shin and screws in his right lower leg.
Following his discharge from the hospital in late September, Adam was initially unable to return to work. He was prescribed morphine for his pain and relied heavily on Grace to help him get washed and dressed. After a couple of months, he slowly began to regain his independence as his pain became more manageable.
In the first few months Adam’s fractures showed a very slow level of recovery and as advised by his orthopaedic team, Adam underwent an operation to remove some screws in his right ankle in February 2018 to encourage further bone healing. He was also referred to the Derbyshire Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and was seen by an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist and a counsellor. Adam’s legal team instructed additional highly skilled rehabilitation therapists to ensure that Adam is able to make the best possible recovery.
Adam is currently undergoing neuro-psychology and notices that his mood has improved significantly. But he continues to struggle with his short term memory and concentration.
He said: “My life has totally changed since the accident two years ago. It has been deeply upsetting to live with the injuries I have, but I am trying to be positive and get myself better.
“Following the accident, I noticed a big change in my general fitness levels, flexibility and movement. But my mobility has certainly increased over time, particularly with the help of my physiotherapy sessions.
“I have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions since the crash happened, and I also spend a lot of time feeling anxious and on edge, but I am so thankful for the care and support I have had from Grace and my family. I wouldn’t have got through this without them, and I am happy to be able to share my story to show that anything can be achieved when you set your mind to it.
“I cannot thank the emergency services and all those who came to my aid enough for what they did.”
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