Spinal cord injuries can not only change the life of the person injured, but also the lives of their family. Maintaining as independent a life as possible can be crucial to the rehabilitation and recovery process.
Stunt man David Holmes was injured while rehearsing a scene for a major cinema blockbuster. David suffered a spinal cord injury which has left him tetraplegic and now using a wheelchair.
Serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell helped David to secure a financial settlement from his employers and their insurer, which has helped to provide rehabilitation, care and also allow David to build a house specially adapted for his needs. These specialist adaptations include:
- A tablet device that helps David control his house and operate the front door after checking visitors via a video link
- Sliding doors
- Push button taps that change temperature depending on the number of presses
- A lift
- An electronic bed that allows a level transfer to and from a wheelchair
- A bathroom with taps, toilet and shower specially adapted
Please watch David’s story below, and see the modifications he has made:
David is inspirational in his approach to life. He had what some may consider to be a dream job but one accident took all that away from him in an instant and changed his life forever.
We worked with his employers and their insurers to ensure we could secure the support and funds necessary for David to live as independently as possible and to undergo extensive rehabilitation both mentally and physically to help him come to terms with his disabilities.
For people who suffer with limited mobility an adapted house is a large part of recovering some of the independence that they were previously used to. We decided to create the video series of David’s home and the interactive guide to show some of the devices and innovations that can be used to help people.Colin Ettinger, specialist serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell