Van breakdown changes a life forever
Nobody suspects that a simple breakdown can have life-changing consequences, but that's exactly what happened to Joseph, a successful
businessman and keen dancer.
Joseph ran his own wholesale food delivery company and enjoyed weekly dancing lessons with his long-term partner. Always very much a â€˜hands
on' kind of person, Joseph was involved in every aspect of his business, from the paperwork to making deliveries.
Even the best-laid plans can go awry, and on that fateful day, Joseph was driving the company van when the engine began to overheat. Joseph
carefully pulled over onto the side of a busy duel carriageway and parked up. He stepped around to the front of the vehicle to examine the engine, and
knew immediately that he would be unable to get the van moving again - he needed breakdown assistance. Standing at the front of the vehicle, he
called the breakdown service, expecting to be on his way within an hour at the most.
A split second changes a life
Whilst he was on the phone to his breakdown company, his van was struck at speed from behind by another vehicle. The impact shunted the van
violently forward, striking Joseph with such force that he was thrown five metres along the road, landing just off the duel carriageway. The emergency
services immediately responded and Joseph was taken to the nearest intensive care unit. He had suffered serious injuries that had damaged the
spinal cord - the worst kind of spinal injury. After spending 11 days at the intensive care unit, he was transferred to a spinal injuries specialist unit to
undergo further treatment.
Whilst there, his partner spoke to a member of staff who recommended that Joseph and his family should investigate whether he was eligible for
compensation. His partner took the nurse's advice and contacted a specialist solicitor with expertise in spinal injuries. Joseph and his partner knew
that, because his injury meant a complete change in lifestyle, they would need to plan for the future. Foremost in Joseph's mind was