TICCS ensure successful outcome for Farmer Bob

Posted 13th August 2008

Bob Harrison, a North Yorkshire farmer off work for 14 months following a serious car crash, is now back doing the job he loves thanks to the support of his employers, motor insurer Highway Insurance, Serious Law, The Serious Injury Law Practice and rehabilitation specialists The Injury Care Clinics (TICCS).

Bob Harrison, a North Yorkshire farmer off work for 14 months following a serious car crash, is now back doing the job he loves thanks to the support of his employers, motor insurer Highway Insurance, Serious Law, The Serious Injury Law Practice and rehabilitation specialists The Injury Care Clinics (TICCS).

 

All four parties worked together to deliver a professional programme of care to ensure that Mr Harrison from Malton, North Yorkshire, was able to make the quickest possible recovery and return to work.

 

Mr Harrison, 42, suffered serious injuries when the vehicle in which he was a passenger left the road and collided with a telegraph pole near his home in June 2006. He was airlifted to Middlesbrough General hospital where he remained critically ill for several weeks. He was discharged, confined to a wheelchair and TICCS, jointly appointed by Essex based Highway Insurance and Bolton based serious injury specialists, Serious Law, were on hand to provide an Immediate Needs Assessment, which highlighted Mr Harrison's social and personal care needs.

 

By liaising with Mr Harrison, Highway Insurance and Serious Law, and by communicating with healthcare services, monitoring and evaluating Mr Harrison's recovery and making recommendations on his behalf, TICCS was able to deliver a programme of care to aid Mr Harrison's recovery. Many initiatives were proposed, financed and implemented, which accelerated Mr Harrison's return to work.

 

The final and perhaps most critical issue of Mr Harrison's rehabilitation process then emerged. He soon realised his tractor, which had a manual gearbox and standard suspension, was going to prove impossible to drive for lengthy periods because of his ongoing symptoms.

 

Eager to find a cost effective solution, TICCS approached the government-supported Access to Work scheme, which provides assistance for people facing barriers in the workplace because of long-term disabilities They agreed a substantial contribution towards the cost of a new tractor with an automatic gearbox and air suspension, which was promptly ordered and delivered, and now means Mr Harrison can carry out his job pain free.

 

Mr Harrison said "I was keen to get back to work as soon as I could and was amazed by the amount of support I received. I would like to thank my employers, BHE agricultural contractors of Sproxton, near Helmsley, Adrian Denson and Paul Breen of Serious Law, Jacqueline Richardson and Lisa Birkett of TICCS and Neil Norton of Highway Insurance who between them helped me get my life back on track".

 

Lisa Birkett, TICCS' occupational case manager said, "We're delighted to say that the full cooperation of all those in the rehabilitation process has contributed to a highly satisfactory outcome for Mr Harrison. Seeing Bob behind the wheel of a new tractor, able to support himself by doing the job he loves, is hugely rewarding for us all."

 

Highway's claims director, Peter Gallagher said: "This case clearly demonstrates the benefits of case-led rehabilitation. Being part of such a positive outcome is hugely rewarding for all parties involved.

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