A Helping Hand
Organized by: Kelly Rosedale
In February 2013 I was on the motorway travelling home from work. My daughter was in the passenger seat. We were stationary at the back of a long tail back. Suddenly there was an exploding sound and the car jerked violently forwards into the car in front and then sideways into the crash barrier. I heard my daughter screaming. We had been hit by a truck from behind. The truck driver hit us at 70mph. he told the police he didnt see us. Apparently he was on a mobile phone! Paramedics and police came. They drew crosses on the windscreen and told us to look at the crosses and not move. The fire brigade had to cut the roof off the car to get us out and took us to hospital on spinal boards. At first I felt really lucky to be be alive, because the emergency services kept saying we wouldnt have survived if we had been in any other car (I was drving a Volvo estate). Any other day my son would have been in the passenger seat and my daughter would have been killed in the back. I do not feel so lucky anymore. It is 3 years on now. Fortunately my daughter is mended now (she broke a bone in her neck which has fused back together thank goodness) My shoulder was dislocated in the accident and snapped back into place, trapping nerves, tearing tendons and muscles which later herniated. My insurers recommended a firm of solicitors which I accepted, having never experienced anything of this kind before. The lawyers didnt believe I was injured, refused to support me, saying I was making up the symptoms. I spent 10 months in absolute agony before they finally arranged for me to see a specialist. Almost a year after the accident I had surgery to repair my shoulder. It took a whole year of physiotherapy after that until the pain stopped and I could move my left arm again. I have been left with trapped nerves and cannot feel most of my left hand (difficult as I am left handed). I am now waiting for more surgery to sort that out. The accident, pain and suffering were bad enough. Worse is that during the process of all this I lost my job, my home, everything that I understood as my life and my choices. My son was forced to leave home and I am in masses of debt. My daughter and I ended up in a homeless persons unit. We are currently living in abject poverty, while the lawyers still continue to attempt to negate my injury claim, refuse to provide the treatment I still need, and worse still make up lies to attempt to discredit me. My losses are enormous and life is unrecognisable from that which we had prior to the accident.