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T9 Spinal Cord Injured client praises Paul Breen after £2.47m settlement
"In September 2015 I was knocked off my scooter by a speeding motorist who collided with me on a roundabout. As a result my family and I decided to make contact with Paul Breen to consider making a claim against the car driver. "I was initially surprised to learn that the driver of the car was through his insurers disputing fault for the accident and Paul engaged the services of an accident reconstruction expert to assist with liability investigations. Very shortly after he became involved and produced a report Paul was able to resolve liability for the accident. Liability was agreed on a 100% basis in my favour. This was vitally important due to the injuries I had sustained. "When I landed on the ground, I lost all sensation to my lower limbs and couldn't move either of my legs. It transpired that I'd suffered a T9 complete spinal cord lesion. This meant I was paraplegic and would never walk again. It was a complete shock to the system and meant that I would need to completely reassess my life. "I cannot emphasise enough the difference he was able to make to my life immediately after getting involved with my case. Paul was able to get the right people in place to help me rebuild my life and got my rehabilitation underway really quickly. Together with my case manager, he helped me to tackle a number of issues that both myself and my family would have to face. Having a young family presented its own difficulties, child care had to be organised, my wife worked full time and was the sole breadwinner, we couldn't manage without her income. With the assistance of Paul, I was introduced to a case manager who had extensive expertise in cases involving spinal cord damage and this was vital in the following months to aide my inpatient rehabilitation at a spinal unit and to facilitate at the earliest opportunity, my discharge from hospital. It was a whole new world of challenges I was to be faced with, as a full time wheel chair user; bowel management, understanding about skin integrity, exercise and the importance it played in avoiding infections and ill health. These were just a few or the personal challenges I would face. It became apparent from a very early stage that my previous home wasn't suitable for a wheelchair user, and couldn't be adapted, so Paul and his team helped me with identifying a new home, obtaining expert evidence as to its suitability to purchase and subsequently adapt so as it was wheelchair friendly and I could live as independently as possible with a care regime in support of me. "As a direct consequence of Paul's early involvement, I only spent two and a half months in the rehab centre, and I was able to leave and continue my recovery outside of the hospital in a suitably and only partially adapted rental home whilst the new property was being purchased and planning being obtained for adaptation. "Just 16 months after my accident, I feel that Paul has made sure my life is firmly back on track. I've even taken delivery of an adapted vehicle, helping me maintain a lot of the independence which I had before the accident. "Paul has been there for me every step of the way. Without his involvement, I certainly wouldn't have made such progress in my recovery and be ready to move on with my life and looking forward to an independent future. His work means that I can live in a home that takes my needs into account and be as independent and mobile as my disability allows. He has done nothing less than help to give me my life back and for that, I am truly grateful."