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#394105 Your Crashes

Posted by .Martin on 04 August 2014 - 09:03 PM

Cheers guys.

I don't talk to him anymore. Nothing to do with the crash though, he never meant for that to happen. He took the Humph that he never got invited to my full wedding and at the stag was apparently saying if it wasn't for the crash money there'd be no wedding. 2 of my mates told me about this after he said he couldn't make it so I just gave up on him after that.

He had a scratch about 4" on his leg and a lot of bruising.

They accepted the first offer as if we had gone and gotten less the union would have to pay the insurance bill. If I wanted to continue myself I would have had to start the claim again which would involve the same 6 trips per year to Edinburgh per year to see they're 3 specialist's followed by my 3 specialist's and being followed by private investigators. That one really killed me! Seeing a DVD of me sitting in my garden whilst my daughter was playing made me so angry! I'd also have to start with a brand new solicitor and at the time I was suffering major depression and just gave up.

Cheers for the good wishes folks

#393893 Your Crashes

Posted by .Martin on 04 August 2014 - 02:54 PM

This is a long one - sorry!


On the 26th of March 2006 I was out for a drive with my friend. We were coming back into town and he lost control on a bend doing about 65mph and went into a kerb, we rolled accross the road and down into a field through a wall facing the oposite direction we were travelling.

I don't remember too much but I was trapped for about 45mins. We only crashed 2mins away from an ambulance station but there wasn't any in our town that night. I had to wait for an ambulance to come from 30+miles away.

When the fire brigade cut the roof out from under me and pulled me out it was the most excruciating pain in the world ever. My legs were caught up in the dash board somehow. They lay me out on a stretcher and told me they were going to have to cut off my trousers. They had given me loads of gas and air by now and I was pretty wrecked so I decided to enlighten them on the fact that I was in a rush that morning and just put on the first scabby pair of boxer shorts I could find (my gentleman jewels were hingin oot the hole in the bottom). as soon as they got them off they knew I had broken both my legs. They put me in an ambulance and took me to Wick Hospital

This was the most horrible hospital EVER. No one knew what they were doing. They didn't relax my missus or family. They tried to arrange air ambulance to get me to Inverness Hospital but it was to foggy. In the end I had to spend the night. Next morning it was still too foggy so at about 10am I got sent via road ambulance. 120miles of twisting, bumpy roads in a van more rattly than a stripped out fiesta!!!! Even with the morpheine I could still feel it when I went round corners! Don't feel sorry for me though, my poor pregnant missus had a soarer bum!

When I got there they took me straight off to Surgery. It was supposed to last 4 hours. It took 8 and a half. They ran into all sorts of complications and I lost 10 units of blood. Turns out I lay in Wick for almost 12 hours with wrecked lungs and a broken thumb and they never noticed (told you you it was a horrible hospital)

I spent 4 days in Intensive Care which were horrible because the drugs played with my mind and I didn't have a clue what was going on or who to trust. Then I was in high dependancy where some fat nurse (with a beard) shaved my face with one of those yellow razors (you know the ones. you get 60 for 99p) I got moved out of there on my 20th birthday! Then I spent a fortnight in a dependant fracture ward. I hadn't emptied my bowels in the whole time I was in the hospital. Whilst the nurses were giving me my bed bath at the time (not nearly as sexy as it sounds) one of them uttered the line "You know that problem your having with your bowels? I'm just gonna give you something for it now..." and proceeded to stick a suppository in my hoop! I screamed out in shock and had to apologise for my expletives afterwords :lol:

I finished my stint in the revovery ward of the fractures unit. All together I spent 64 long days in Inverness Hospital. Thankfully the missus stayed by my side for the 1st 3 weeks. It all became normal to me. I'd get up, have my breakfast, go on my CPM for exercise, pop to the shop for a paper/magazine and back for lunch. Then visitors, dinner, visitors, TV, listening to old men snore. One day Laura was winding me up, telling me she wasn't going to buy me a Fast Ford mag before she got the train home whilst we were outside the newsagent area. I uttered the words loud enough that people could hear "You pushed me down the stairs and I'll never walk again and you won't even buy me a bleedin magazine" she rushed off to get the magazine with a red face and launched it at me :lol: When I left the hospital the hardest things were getting used to the fact that pavements aren't flat so my wheelchair always pulled to the outside and not having bars either side of my bed when I slept - weird eh?

The whole time I was in hospital, no one could figure out how I had done so much damage to my body but never had any head trauma. Whilst travelling to a followup appointment I was nearly in another accident where my Dad had to do an emergency stop. The first thing I did was put my right hand up to the Jebus handle to protect my face. Obviously I must have done the same thing the night of the accident.

The doctors said if it weren't for the fact I had a seat belt on and the car had an air bag I would probably have died.

Around June I slowly learned to walk again but it was hard because I couldn't put weight on my right leg as there was a mini scaffolding holding the bones together as they knitted. I got 2 pins in my left leg so was also in agony from that. It took two physio's and a 5 foot gutter frame to get me taking steps.

In July I managed to convince them to let me take the gutter frame home to practice in my living room. By the end of the first day I had made it to the end of the street and back :lol:

In August, my wife had to have a Caesearan section. I was still in the wheelchair at this point. The chair was too dirty to go to theatre so I managed to blag a set of brand new crutches from the Surgeon. I took my very first steps into the theatre for the birth of my daughter.

I was on crutches for pretty much two years after this.

Fast forward to 2010, the day before my compensation claim was due to be heard in the High Court in Edinburgh. I got a phonecall from my union representative to say they had decided not to fight it but to accept the first offer. My solicitor was looking for £300k I got £70k! From that £70k I had to payback 16k to the DWP for all the benefits I had claimed to that date (incapacity/DLA) plus I had had an interim payment of 10k in 2009 as my finances had gone to the pooper whilst I was out of work and we were getting married. After all that, I had £44k to compensate me.

I now have a 15-20 degree range of movement in my left knee, walk with a massive limp and now my back and hip are starting to get nackered due to the way I walk. I have to take pain killers every day to get over the pain.

It's a pretty depressing story but I'm still here :lol:

Anyway, some pics

The Scene



These trainers were pretty much brand new :lol:



The car got recovered










First haircut after getting home :lol:

#389396 Ford Focus Led Rear Lights

Posted by .Martin on 24 July 2014 - 02:58 AM

Tom how much did the looms cost if you don't mind me asking?

#382675 Spoiler Brake Light Help

Posted by .Martin on 06 July 2014 - 12:23 AM


#381930 How did you find the Ford Owners Club?

Posted by .Martin on 03 July 2014 - 10:42 PM

I seen a thread on FFOC regarding ELMconfig that mentioned Preee and this forum so popped over to say hello :)

#374389 My St / Rs Mk2 Build Up. Project Phenomenal!

Posted by .Martin on 13 June 2014 - 10:38 PM

I'm not jealous at all :lol:

#358954 My St / Rs Mk2 Build Up. Project Phenomenal!

Posted by .Martin on 01 May 2014 - 02:57 PM

This is an awesome project!


Quite often when a project like this comes along, you see people say "why not just buy a real RS?" etc. F them!


It's nobody's business but your own what you spend your cash on (untill you get married :lol: ) as long as you enjoy the end result - that's all that matters!


Good effort dude