Amputee biker gets back on the road

The Minster Law biking specialists helped me to believe that I could – and would – return to biking.”

Yorkshire biker, Jean Kelly, was struck by a car while riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. However, the 49-year-old felt almost as devastated about the news of losing her motorcycle as hearing that she had lost part of her leg after having an above-the-knee amputation.

After the accident, Jean felt like she’d lost part of her identity

As a result of the collision, Jean sustained fractures of both the left femur and left tibia, which resulted in an above-knee amputation, and her beloved Harley-Davidson was written off. When Jean lost her motorcycle she felt like she’s lost the lifestyle that came with it and could not contemplate a life without riding. Although it’s been a difficult five years, Jean prefers to focus on the positives.

We secured an interim payment to improve Jean’s daily life

Using our expertise in motorcycle-related personal injury, we appointed a team of specialist lawyers to work on Jean’s case. While the claim was progressing, we secured an interim payment to support Jean with the prosthetics she and rehabilitation she needed during her recovery. Following the accident, specialists were called on to support jeans biggest wish – to return back to biking – which she is now able to do on a specially adapted trike.

Motorcycle conversion expert, Joe Davidson of DTB Panther Trikes LTD, Rick Hulse from the National Association for bikers with Disabilities (NABD) and specialist instructor, Dave Williams, all helped to build Jean’s confidence back up so that she could return to doing what she loves best.

“We understand that motorcycling is more than just a mode of transport and we are delighted to be able to get Jean back on the road.”

Minster Law solicitor, Jonathan Bamforth, who led Jean’s case said: “Pretty much every biker that we meet and support is so completely passionate about riding that it’s important that we, as a team, understand the importance that the motorcycle has on their lives as more than a mode of transport. We hope that Jean will provide inspiration to other amputees by showing them that your life may not be the same as it was before the accident, but it can be just as good.”