Dave Holdsworth’s Story

11th May 2015

Mr Holdsworth sustained multiple injuries including fractures to his arm, vertebrae, collar bone and open fractures to both his thigh and calf bones. He also sustained injuries in the form of lung contusion, contusion of the brain, damage of knee ligaments, loss of upper front teeth, soft tissue injury and a left brachial plexus injury (Brachial plexus is the network of nerves that carries signals from the spine to the arm). As a result of his injuries, he is unable to remember what happened.

He was taken by Air Ambulance to Stoke on Trent hospital where he had surgery to save the artery in his left arm and to receive treatment to his numerous orthopaedic injuries. Unfortunately, the artery could not be saved and he underwent transradial (below the elbow) amputation of his left arm.

Mr Holdsworth was then discharged from hospital on the 7th July into the care of his wife who ultimately took seven months off work to attend to his extensive care needs.

Mr Holdsworth says:

Due to the severity of the incident and taking the fatalities into account, the police accident report is not yet available. I know that there is nothing the solicitors acting on my behalf can do about this, but it is incredibly frustrating and is causing me a significant amount of psychological distress.

At some point during my recovery I was faced with the added stress of getting proper legal representation, I was lucky in the respect that I received good advice from a friend in the legal profession who pointed me in the direction of Fletchers Solicitors, as he knew they were specialists in the serious injury field. Choosing the right solicitor is stressful but essential

Solicitor Louise Riley said of Mr Holdsworth’s case:

We can only speculate about what happened. It seems as if Dave was confronted by a car in front carrying out an emergency stop, a motorbike travelling in the opposite direction that had burst into flames and a motorbike without a rider careering towards him; it is unknown whether he made contact with anyone or anything or whether he lay his bike down to avoid any contact. This will all become apparent at the inquest, which has not yet been listed.

He says of his life after injury:

My case is very much ongoing but my solicitors have secured finances from the defendant insurer to enable me to employ the services of a case manager who is worth her weight in gold. She has arranged for me to have therapy from some of the best physiotherapists and occupational therapists in their fields and through them I have made a lot of progress. They have assisted me purchasing various pieces of equipment which have all helped in making my life that little bit easier.

I have been very happy with my solicitor and think that I have a really good team on my side. In myself, I see progress physically but psychologically I do have a tendency to go a bit backwards from time to time so this is very much a work in progress.

My wife and I have recently taken delivery of a new car. It is an automatic Audi A1 so hopefully I should be able to drive it at some point – I suffer from acute travel anxiety but I am sure we will enjoy this and it is a safe reliable car which is a necessity for medical appointments and the like. I am presently hiring a scooter on a short term basis. This is opening a door for me especially with all the good weather we have had of late.

I am particularly happy with the movement I am now getting in my upper left arm following my below elbow amputation. The twitch that I have in my left bicep is getting stronger and stronger and I can now make my arm move. I have been attending the Clatterbridge Prosthetics Unit and have been told that the twitches ought to be enough to operate a prosthetic limb which is a great option and testament to the hard work of my team of therapists and obviously my own efforts!

Louise Riley, Mr Holdsworth’s Solicitor remarked

It is a great pleasure to be supporting Dave throughout his journey and helping him rebuild his life post injury. His claim is very much ongoing, but Dave is determined to make as many gains as he can with his therapy regime. I wish him all the best with his ongoing treatment and thank him for allowing us to tell his story so far.

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