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Old 09-09-2012, 10:51 AM   #141 (permalink)
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i just read through this whole post this morning. you survived a head-on and i am so happy to be writing to you. nothing profound, just a thank you for your tenacity in recovery, your many posts retelling this tragedy, and good luck as adventure takes you to sea.
although many lucky circumstances helped you survive, i hope readers of this forum see the lesson here and gear-up.
bravo stealthmode666 and bon voyage
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:23 PM   #142 (permalink)
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i just read through this whole post this morning. you survived a head-on and i am so happy to be writing to you. nothing profound, just a thank you for your tenacity in recovery, your many posts retelling this tragedy, and good luck as adventure takes you to sea.
although many lucky circumstances helped you survive, i hope readers of this forum see the lesson here and gear-up.
bravo stealthmode666 and bon voyage
Thank-you so much for your time in reading this post, I know it dragged on a bit.
I have to agree with you 100% on the gear-up, even the short rides which are just as dangerous as the long ones.
It hurts me to see the amount of idiots here in London who ride with no protection bar a helmet. And the majority of these are L riders, so something to be noticed in this.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:33 PM   #143 (permalink)
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It has been a while since I gave an update on my progress.
I have had to instruct my solicitors who are Minster Law and BLD to take the third party to court in order for me to get some justice.
The third party insurers have ignored any and every correspondance what-so-ever to do with the accident as a usual stalling tactic in the last 3 months.
This is now the 7th month of this and i'm almost at my wits end with the slowness and down right couldn't give a toss about me attitude from the third party insurers.

I have had 1 major set-back as in at present i've lost partial use of my left arm/shoulder, compounded with excrutiating pain and a burning feeling almost constantly.
It looks like the damage to my nerves/tendons is deteriating rapidly and i've lost all muscle tone in said arm.

And yet I can sit on my motorbike and reach the handlebars and clutch, so not all bad.
I've had to revert back to writing with my right hand which i've not done since a teenager so it is difficult re-learning how to write again.
Everything is done with only one arm/hand at present so a bit of a pest.

I can't even dress myself properly any more and am unable to even do a simple task of putting on a shirt/jacket.

The arm will not come much beyond waist level and certainly will not let me get it near head height.

I had spend days on end with no sleep simply because I am unable to lie down as any pressure on my arm/shoulder intensifies the pain to the extent it is making me sweat badly so I am very annoyed.

The pain is so severe i've been put on diamorphine so at least i can get a few hours sleep from time to time.

All I can do at present is sit it out and wait for my insurance to kick in properly.

I've shelved the idea at present of of going sailing as quite simply it is not happening in the condition i'm in with my body.

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While i'm on the diamorphine drip I feel like nothing is wrong so a blessing in disguise.
I have a nurse who has to come daily to administer the drip and again my insurance are trying to get this sorted out so i'm not taking from the state or NHS.

My insurance company phoned me this morning with some bits of news. A formal statement from all people involved professionally with me including myself as this is needed for court.

They also got the report back from the catastrophic brain injury specialist unit of which a copy is in the post.

Hence the urgency for court as I was not aware fully I need the support and help of professionals to get by on a daily basis until the brain/body damage hopefully gets better.
I've also got a problem that fills me with horror.
They are in the process of revoking my bike licence and are fighting with me over the fact I don't want to lose it.

I know i'm not fit or safe to drive at present but there is no need to make my life even more difficult than it is at present, because this means I will have to put my bike in storage and not even be able to shift it about while i've been getting it done up.
If I don't give it to them they say they will have to write to DVLA so looks like I've lost this fight for the time being.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:12 AM   #144 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about this continuing sorry mess but it looks like you're doing the best you can do.

Don't bother to fight the revoked licence thing, you won't win.

My own experience of using solicitors tells me that it's a horribly frustrating experience - they seem thick, slow, unbelievably stupid at times - but in the end they will achieve the right result and they are way more human than insurance companies who are, in my opinion, the lowest of the low.

Stay with it and don't let them get you down.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #145 (permalink)
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I was hoping you would be doing a little better by now. Keep hanging in there. Things will eventually take a turn for the better.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:00 AM   #147 (permalink)
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Good to hear from you Stealth. With all the frustration I'm glad that at least they're taking your pain management seriously.

Is it possible that turning in your motorcycling license would actually help your case?
An insurance company might see your wanting to retain it as an indication your injuries aren't as bad as stated, or that they may be exaggerated.
Can you get it back at some later date once healed-up a bit more?

I hope you have found a solicitor with experience in motorcycle cases.
I hope your solicitor aims high and gets you a large settlement since besides your medical bills there's the chance you may require some sort of special
equipment in the future such as an air-shifter or a new bike with auto transmission which would allow you to ride again and enjoy the
completely legal transport mode of your choice.
Don't allow anyone to tell you that you assumed part of the risk by riding a bike.
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P.S. Sorry for all the choppy lines in my text. The text won't wrap to the window size and I can't figure out why.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:11 PM   #148 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about this continuing sorry mess but it looks like you're doing the best you can do.

Don't bother to fight the revoked licence thing, you won't win.

My own experience of using solicitors tells me that it's a horribly frustrating experience - they seem thick, slow, unbelievably stupid at times - but in the end they will achieve the right result and they are way more human than insurance companies who are, in my opinion, the lowest of the low.

Stay with it and don't let them get you down.
Trying so hard and i'll bite my tounge but I feel like going to the national press after this is all over as this is criminally wrong and insane what is happeneing to me, all in the aid of share-holder profits and fat payments between themselves and me left to fight my entire case and do every bit of leg work and investigation in order to get justice.
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I was hoping you would be doing a little better by now. Keep hanging in there. Things will eventually take a turn for the better.
I was angry by the looks of my last post.
Its the finacial strain and burden of it all that's getting to me and a bunch of people in high paid jobs who don't know there arse from there elbows. (solicitors)
I've gone out of my way to provide and prove my case and show I did nothing wrong when this was down to the police and my insurance company.
Now i've ordered my insurance people to go immediately to court to get this ball rolling as they were just sitting back doing nothing to help me.
They kept telling me the third party are ignoring there emails and letters and telephone calls and somehow they never realized this was wrong.
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Don't know if you've heard of NABD?
national association of bikers with a Disability.
They are a biking charity that are amazing
Helped me get my licence back after loosing my left leg. I only needed advice but they offer other help too.
Not too expensive to join & there is also an online forum.
My advice for what it's worth, get yourself better physically first be patient and then worry about riding again, I'm sure you will but healing is a process that takes time.
And finally good luck!

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