A MOTORCYCLIST who has undergone more than 20 operations since a horrific bike crash is finally getting his life back on track after receiving a ‘substantial’ insurance pay-out.
Paul Parkin’s relatives thought he was going to die in the days after he was knocked off his prized Suzuki bike by a supermarket delivery van in April 2009.
But three years later - and after undergoing surgery to his hips, arms and legs in Sheffield and Barnsley - things are finally looking up for the 30-year-old.
Paul, from Lundwood, near Barnsley, who had to give up his job at National Tyres and Autocare in the wake of the crash, said: “Receiving the settlement is a huge relief as it will allow me to concentrate on getting back to health without worrying about the costs of rehabilitation and being unemployed.
“I may never fully recover and face more surgery to improve my condition, particularly the pain in my arm, but I hope the funds will now help me get my life back on track.”
He added: “This accident has been life-changing for me and my family. Before the crash I had an active lifestyle. My friends said I was like Tigger because I was full of energy and enthusiasm.
“I enjoyed my job, I liked to socialise, I loved riding my motorbike and Shantel and I were looking forward to planning our wedding.”
Paul and Shantel, 26, are still engaged, although they have not yet set a date for their big day.
Paul added: “I’m in constant pain but I’m determined to get back to work and regain the active lifestyle I once had.”
His mum Angie, 57, a district nurse, said: “Paul was in an induced coma for four days after the crash. I thought I would not see him alive again.
“They later said he would be in hospital for four or five months but he is a real fighter - and he walked out after six weeks.”
The undisclosed settlement, paid out by the supermarket’s insurance firm, was secured by Nicola Meese, road traffic expert at Sheffield law firm Irwin Mitchell.
She said: “Paul can now begin to put this incident behind him.”