In December 2013, Mark Bowman was instructed by Viktorija in a motorcycle accident claim. On 09 September 2009 Viktorija was a pillion passenger on a motorbike, unfortunately the motorcyclist lost control of his motorbike, which hit the central reservation of the road with Viktorija being thrown a significant distance from the motorbike and ending up in a ditch. As a result of this incident Viktorija suffered catastrophic injuries including a fracture to her left hip, left arm, left shoulder, a punctured lung and a fracture to her right sacro-iliac joint. Her most significant injury however was an open fracture to her right femur, with partial amputation. Viktorija was taken to St Richard's Hospital where she required a transfemoral (above the knee) amputation to her right knee.
Viktorija initially instructed solicitors appointed via her legal expenses insurance policy. Viktorija only received limited interim payments and, at the time of Fieldfisher's instruction, was living in a second floor flat, without a lift, in Birmingham.
Viktorija approached Mark Bowman at Fieldfisher, having heard about his expertise in cases involving osseointegration, and in particular his case of Mark. Within a month of instructing Fieldfisher, Mark had secured a sizeable interim payment in order to pay for suitable rental bungalow accommodation for Viktorija in Kent and put in place a rehab package initially involving a case manager, before introducing a support worker, physiotherapist and other treating professionals.
Throughout the 4 years prior to our instruction Viktorija had struggled with socket based prostheses. She was still using a prosthesis supplied on the NHS and was unable to tolerate it for much of the day due to the amount of pain it would cause. She was therefore interested in osseointegration surgery, whereby the need for a socket is removed as a result of a titanium rod being surgically inserted into the residual bone of the femur, with the prosthesis being attached directly to the rod, as opposed to a socket.
Viktorija conducted extensive research as to where she would like to receive surgery but her previous solicitors were unable to secure sufficient funding for her to undergo such treatment.
In June 2014, only six months after being instructed, Mark was able to secure a substantial settlement which will ensure that Viktorija has sufficient money to pay for her disability related needs, including the need for specialist housing, care, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Most importantly of all, she is now able to undergo osseointegration surgery. Whereas she had initially considered having such surgery in Sweden, Viktorija researched Professor Munjed Al Muderis, a specialist surgeon in Australia. Professor Al Muderis has adapted the technique used in Sweden to ensure a quicker rehabilitation process for patients, and Viktorija is due to have surgery under his care in early August 2014.
Viktorija has kindly agreed to keep Fieldfisher updated as to progress of her surgery and we hope to be able to post various updates and video blogs shortly.
At the end of the case Viktorija commented:
"Mark was able to settle my case in very short time, something that my previous solicitors weren't able to do. I was very happy to meet Mark and see how professional he was and I'm very grateful to both him and Fieldfisher for their professionalism and organised treatment of my case.
Mark Bowman is the most amazing person I've ever met. He's a very good man who knows his job, understands his clients, has good manners, is very friendly and is super helpful and hard working.
I particularly liked the way that Mark and Fieldfisher work as a team and that they love what they do. I will always highly recommend Fieldfisher as they changed my life. They made the impossible possible.
Thanks to Mark for the care, respect and peace of mind he gave me while fighting my case".
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