A man, who suffered substantial injuries while helping a transit van past his lorry into a car park, has made a claim for HGV driver injury compensation.
John Finney from Harthill in South Yorkshire was delivering wooden sleepers to a hotel in Finningley in April 2015, when he tried to help a transit van manoeuvre past his HGV lorry and into the hotel car park. When he believed the van was safely into the car park, John (42) returned to unloading his vehicle and started lowering the tail-lift.
While he was watching the tail-lift come down, the transit van drove into John – pinning him to the back of the HGV and then dragging him along the solid edge of the tail-lift. John was rushed to by ambulance to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where he remained in intensive care for eleven days while receiving treatment for back, leg and internal injuries.
John was discharged from hospital after undergoing surgery to remove part of his bowel and his appendix. He has been unable to work since the accident and is unlikely to be able to resume his hobbies of keep-fit and motor cycling. John also finds everyday events difficult – such as eating dinner with his family –because of his ongoing pain.
The transit van driver responsible for John´s accident was fined for his negligence and given seven penalty points. Thereafter, John instructed a solicitor to commence proceedings against the driver and make a claim for HGV driver injury compensation to recover his lost income, cover the cost of his rehabilitation and compensate him for his terrifying ordeal.
Speaking about the claim for HGV driver injury compensation, John said: “This incident has had a huge impact on my life as I can no longer do the things I have always enjoyed. I loved to keep fit and take part in charity walks, but I know that for the time-being those activities are a distant memory for me. I hope by speaking out it makes drivers think carefully about how they drive in future.”