Road accident ‘changed my life completely’ says cyclist

Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan

A SHEFFIELD cyclist whose life “has changed completely” since being hit by a car while on holiday in Dublin is taking legal action to access the funds he needs for his rehabilitation.

Peter Vaughan, aged 63, of Nether Edge, suffered multiple fractures to his leg and skull, injuries to his eye, damage to his kidney and injuries to his shoulder when he was hit from behind by a car.

The retired architect and town planner has been receiving extensive hospital treatment and, nine months later, he still needs to wear a metal frame on his leg and can only walk using crutches.

On the road to recovery, Mr Vaughan is taking legal action through Sheffield-based law firm Irwin Mitchell.

In October 2010, he was visiting his son in Clondalkin, Dublin and was cycling to his son’s house from a shop when he was knocked unconscious after being hit from behind by the car.

Back in the UK, he has undergone four operations on his right leg at the Northern General Hospital as well as attending 23 outpatients’ clinics and physiotherapy classes at the hospital. He has needed treatment at the Royal Hallamshire on eight occasions for his eye, bladder, kidney and shoulder.

“My life has changed completely since the accident and nothing can turn the clock back,” he said. “I used to love fell walking, DIY and travelling but haven’t been able to do any of these things since my accident.

“I am also a classic car enthusiast but am unable to drive my 1956 MGA and because of the difficulties in travelling I have hardly been able to visit my elderly father, who lives 130 miles away.

“My injuries have also had a significant impact on my wife, Gill, as I am no longer able to do any housework, gardening, cooking or cleaning. She also has to help me shower and change the dressings on my leg every day.

“A couple of years ago we both took early retirement to allow us to spend more time doing the things we enjoy and visiting our family. So far my accident has robbed us of eight months of what was supposed to be most precious time of our lives and I know my ordeal is far from over.”

Jennifer Lund, his solicitor from the international travel team at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Mr Vaughan suffered extremely serious and multiple injuries as a result of this accident and is now going through a long process of rehabilitation.

“His injuries were suffered through no fault of his own and it is essential that he is able to access the highest level of care and rehabilitation available. Irwin Mitchell is committed to helping Mr Vaughan rebuild his life and make the best recovery possible.”