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HH, good move contacting the legal people they should be invaluable in this
instance, I don't know who you work for but if they have a good HR
department they can also be very helpful particularity when planning your
return to work.

All the best.

Regards

Pete
Hungryhalibut posted:

Thanks everyone, your kind words are immensely helpful. We have sent the necessary form to the legal support people and hopefully will hear something soon. I'm certainly keen to get a new bike, especially as I cannot drive for at least six months, though the thought of cycling is rather odd - at the moment sleeping is about the only thing I can do effectively. 

HH - you may be surprised to learn how much your potential claim for damages for Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity (in legal speak "PSLA", what I referred to earlier as damages for your injuries) may be - don't sign off on any compensation/recovery without getting some sensible legal advice on this please. [It happens to - sort of - be my area but I am expressly not going to give you advice; head injury claims need specialist legal input, depending on how serious they are.]

Hungryhalibut posted:

Thanks everyone, your kind words are immensely helpful. We have sent the necessary form to the legal support people and hopefully will hear something soon. I'm certainly keen to get a new bike, especially as I cannot drive for at least six months, though the thought of cycling is rather odd - at the moment sleeping is about the only thing I can do effectively. 

Sleeping is the best thing to do and judging by what a friend found when he hit a pothole, coming off his bike and hitting his head on the ground hard enough to break his helmet, it was six months before he could even contemplate coming back to work part-time. He slept many hours a day as well as through the night. He is fine now though.

So I suggest just give in to the sleep for as long as that seems an attractive thing to do.

best

David

After my cycling accident, which resulted in very similar injuries (and which I have described above), I too suffered quite a loss of hearing in my right ear. [Stop reading here if you're at all squeamish.] But after the eardrum had healed I had the ear syringed and a lump of clotted blood and wax fell out and suddenly I could hear again! Hopefully you'll be able to do the same. Fingers crossed for you. 

Actually, I'm feeling pretty sorry for myself at the moment. I've still got cerebrospinal fluid coming out of my right ear and can hear virtually nothing out of it. Added to that I've developed a nasty pain at the base of my spine which really makes climbing the stairs hard. Still, I managed to walk to the Co-op to pick up today's Guardian without falling over, though I did feel decidedly odd. We have started a claim for personal injury and should hear in a week or so whether it will proceed, but even tiny bits of admin seem incredibly hard. Still, I'm off to ENT on Thursday so will get an update. I'm signed off until the 14th but can't for a moment imagine I'll be fit to return by then. But as people tell me, I did nearly die, so I'm probably doing pretty well. I think it was surrendering my driving licence because I had a seizure that really upset me, especially because I was knocked over by someone who shouldn't have been driving at all because they basically couldn't see. When asked by the police when they saw me, they answered 'when I hit him'. It's amazing that there is no testing of drivers, and there are clearly loads of people like this all over the country. 

I don't understand why you have to see if you can make a claim for personal injury. I just instructed a solicitor to act on my behalf. Ultimately it was settled out of court, but the settlement paid for my MBA. Let's hope you are able to do even better than that. 

HH , I've not had an ear injury but being Diabetic apart from eye and feet problems your immune system can be affected a downside is severe ear infections that are very painful and can have a fairly dramatic effect on your balance plus you feel like crap.

When this started s few years ago  several different antibiotic drops were tried most with little effect my GP decided to send me to the ENT department at the RUH in Bath.

The lovely lady Consultant used what she described as her little Dyson vacuum and cleaned my ear out mind you the noise was incredible just like they were testing a Rolls Royce Trent engine in my ear.

The hospital prescribed some different antibiotic drops which I can get quickly via my GP when this flares up as it does from time to time.

As I said previously the whole driving scenario from learning to drive keeping a license when you are not medical fit is woefully inadequate and it not fit for purpose in this day and age.

I wish you well for Thursday hope it goes well.

HH - I can give you a steer (but not publicly on the forum). Your (as it is termed) 'before-the-event' legal assistance policy *may* allow you to choose your own solicitors. Head injury claims require specialist legal expertise.

But, any legal claim can and must wait until your condition is resolved. Doctors first; lawyers some way down the line.

Hungryhalibut posted:

Don't worry, I have no intention of boring everyone with a thread. That said, the lovely comments from everyone have been much appreciated and have cheered me up no end. Thanks everyone. 

I don't think it would be self-indulgent to start a thread and I wouldn't be bored - you may find it therapeutic to write it down and have some continuing good wishes. And keeping track of what is happening might even be useful as an aide-memoire for when you move to legal action. On that, I defer to Nick above given he obviously has expertise. However, I think you need to keep a careful and sceptical eye on whoever is being provided through Nationwide. My then wife was involved in a very bad car accident (hit head on by a driver who wasn't paying attention and drifted across the carriageway) and suffered major injuries. Her car insurance provided legal support as part of the policy but it was of a dubious standard and I think failed to get her compensation that could have been due.

Clive

HH, Clive Posted.



*And keeping track of what is happening might even be useful as an
aide-memoire for when you move to legal action*
I would also advice on this*, *I used to be the Group Transport Manager for
a large private company fortunately not
getting involved in many cases of staff injured by third party incidents
but always engaged the use of a solicitor specialising in this type of
claim and he always advised to keep a track of everything plus any out of
pocket expenses as all this can be extremely beneficial when settling a
claim.

Trust you are feeling a bit better.
Dave***t posted:

Richard, perhaps it would be possible to split out the relevant posts into another thread, thus keeping the (obviously genuine, and well worth airing) sentiments expressed here together, while avoiding the indulgence of actively making a new thread?

If I could I would, but sadly the new format doesn't allow this.

nickpeacock posted:

HH - I can give you a steer (but not publicly on the forum). Your (as it is termed) 'before-the-event' legal assistance policy *may* allow you to choose your own solicitors. Head injury claims require specialist legal expertise.

But, any legal claim can and must wait until your condition is resolved. Doctors first; lawyers some way down the line.

This deserves quoting - it is excellent advice. Insurer's panel firms vary significantly in quality and not all will have fee earners with expertise in dealing with ABI claims. Make sure you are being advised by someone who does.

Hungryhalibut posted:

Hmm, the ENT was last Thursday... Basically my middle ear is full of fluid, which is why it doesn't work. I'm going back in three or four weeks, and am looking on the bright side. 

Sorry to get the day wrong but the sentiment was the same.

At least the middle ear is mechanics so ultimately your's should work again (unlike the inner ear which was described to me once as the high altar and not to be messed with).

best

David

You laugh, but actually the consultant did say that if my ear doesn't clear then he'll do grommets. My outer ear is completely bunged up too, with cerebrospinal fluid, so I asked my doctor if it could be syringed, but she won't do it as the pressure would be far too dangerous apparently. Still, at least I'm not at work and it's going to be 28 degrees here on the south coast today, so I'm making the best of it. 

Actually, I'm more relaxed and calm than I've been for years. Being alive having been on the verge of death gives one a different perspective. It would be nice to be able to hear the music better but hopefully my hearing will return in time. But if it doesn't, it doesn't. What I really want is my balance to return so that I'm not terrified crossing the road! Until I'm totally steady I won't be able to ride my new bike, which should come next week. As I've had to surrender my driving licence it's really important to me, as walking more than a couple of miles is exhausting at the moment.  

To be able to sit here with the doors open on a beautiful day, things could be a lot worse! I'm focussed on what I have got, not what I haven't. Hilary says that the bump on the head has done me some good!

Hungryhalibut posted:

Actually, I'm more relaxed and calm than I've been for years. Being alive having been on the verge of death gives one a different perspective. It would be nice to be able to hear the music better but hopefully my hearing will return in time. But if it doesn't, it doesn't. What I really want is my balance to return so that I'm not terrified crossing the road! Until I'm totally steady I won't be able to ride my new bike, which should come next week. As I've had to surrender my driving licence it's really important to me, as walking more than a couple of miles is exhausting at the moment.  

To be able to sit here with the doors open on a beautiful day, things could be a lot worse! I'm focussed on what I have got, not what I haven't. Hilary says that the bump on the head has done me some good!

Nice calm picture and excellent philosophy, all the best

Pcd posted:
Happy to help it's saved me a fortune in bus fares, you don't realise how
much you spend particularly as I could have a couple of hospital
appointments in the same week.

I've rung the County Council, who tell me that I should be able to get one, so long as my doctor signs a letter explaining the situation. Even if I only need it for six months it will be massively helpful, and I'm so grateful to you for mentioning it. Everyone on here has been so nice, which has helped me no end. 

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