Ed Callender, 26, worked as an underwriter for an insurance company. He was cycling to view a flat he hoped to buy with his girlfriend early on an August evening. He was riding his bike in a bus lane on Stoke Newington Road when the Defendant driver coming in the opposite direction turned right across his path. Ed's head struck the side of the van knocking him unconscious.
Ed was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital. He suffered spinal fractures and was later found to have injured an arterial dissection in his neck that caused him to suffer a stroke. This initially left him with slurred speech, left sided weakness and cognitive difficulties plus extreme fatigue.
Ed left hospital after 12 days and returned home to his parents to care for him. Initially, he was only able to shuffle around his bedroom and needed help with washing, dressing and eating. His family, and thereafter Ed, instructed Jenny to pursue a claim against the insurer of the van driver.
Unfortunately initially the insurer contested the need for Ed's rehabilitation including an in-patient stay with STEPS which Jenny considered essential to helping him return to his life he enjoyed before the accident, particularly to be independent enough to move back into his flat. He was also set up with rehabilitative support by his case manager upon his return.
Due to Ed's resilience and the input of hard fought early intervention, alongside overwhelming family support he has made a remarkable recovery.
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