In July 2007, Keith Daddy, aged 53, suffered head injuries when he was knocked off his bike
He had been cycling down a main road in Hull to hand in his notice at Makro as a store assistant when the driver of a parked car opened her door knocking Keith to the ground where he was then hit by a moving car behind him.
Keith has no recollection of the accident. The next thing he remembers is waking up in Hull Royal Infirmary four days after the incident and discovering he had suffered multiple injuries. He had a broken collar bone, several broken ribs and, despite wearing a crash helmet, injuries to his head. Medics diagnosed it as ‘sub-cranial haematoma’, otherwise known as the rupturing of a blood vessel between the skull and the brain.
After spending two months in hospital, Keith returned to his home in Hull where he managed to take up a new job as a museum attendant. He also restarted the walking tour guides around Hull’s Old Town and Beverley which he had done for 21 years. However, two months later, Keith started experiencing seizures which were the result of his brain injury and he had to quit his job at the museum.
Keith’s injuries also resulted in him suffering mentally as well as physically, as he was struggling to remember the person he was prior to the accident, which made him frustrated, isolated and led to depression. To this day, Keith is taking medication for the epilepsy. As well as the treatment he received during his initial time spent in the hospital, he has also had psychological treatment. Much of this has been paid for by the insurers of the driver who opened her car door.
Andrew McGowan, who represented Keith, specialises in brain injury cases at Neil Hudgell Solicitors. In Keith’s case, Andrew used the Insurance Industry’s Rehabilitation Code of Best Practice. This ensures victims a “rehabilitation driven approach” so they get the treatment they need before any final compensation settlement is agreed. Andrew ensured that when Keith’s claim was initially settled it was agreed that the case could be reopened if it became apparent that Keith’s injuries were greater than originally thought – and, with the onset of Keith’s epilepsy, this proved to be the case.
Keith believes the medical support he’s had has helped him in his battle to re-build his life and the compensation he’s received has given him a cushion to enable him to keep on tour-guiding: a job he loves and which aids his recovery.