Nov 9, 2001 6:18 PM
|As many of you know, I was in a serious bike accident a couple of months ago. I have been in Physical therapy for several weeks and making great progress. I went to the physical therapist today, and he had borrowed two mountain bikes from a local shop. I walked in and he said "Lets go for a ride." He went with me and we did a 10 mile ride. We only averaged 5 MPH because he didn't want me to irritate my knee. It felt so great being on the bike again. It was a little difficult with the cast on my right wrist, but I managed.
I managed to hit my 3000 mile goal for the year, and rode 5 more miles on top of it. My PT told me to bring my own MTB next time and we will continue to do easy rides for the rest of my recovery.
My lawyer talked with my lawyers and got me a deal that I could not refuse. I will be recieving $200,000 (pain and suffering) plus the cost of my medical bills, and the insurance will be paying for any medical bills related to my injuries for the next 10 years. My doctors said that I should make a full recovery and that I should take the settlement. I feel pretty good about it.
I am going to dig out the old Schwinn series 5000 aluminum road bike when I can get back on a road bike. Once I make a full recovery and can take advantage of it, I will probably be purchasing a new Colnago C40.
Nov 9, 2001 6:28 PM
|Glad you are back in the mix again.
$200,000.00 clams eh?
Loan me some dough so's I can buy Dupe's bike? ( ;
Nov 9, 2001 6:45 PM
|Thanks! Sorry, but I can't give out loans. I am using the money to pay of the house and my college loans. Then I am buying my wife and I newer cars. After that we are going on a nice vacation. My wife deserves it after taking care of me for the past two or so months. The rest is going to be invested. I wouldn't want to go through this again, but it is pretty sweet being 23 years old and already having a house that is paid for.:)
|congrats-no amount of $'s can replace your health- nm||dupe|
Nov 9, 2001 7:39 PM
|re: I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)||JC|
Nov 9, 2001 10:21 PM
|Glad to hear you're feeling good and on the road to a full recovery.
Sounds like you had a very good lawyer though. $200K for "pain and suffering"? By the tone of your letter it really sounds like you - sorry if this comes across as kind of harsh - milked the system pretty good. I have no doubt you suffered and endured tremendous pain, but short of paying for your medical expenses, lost income and your bike, the attitude that comes accross in your posting is one of achieving the "big score". I'm all for assessing punitive damages for someone's negligent behavior, but the reality is: the insurance companies pay these settlements, and in the end, we all end up paying higher premiums.
Sorry for the rant... but I really needed to.
|I've been there||4bykn|
Nov 9, 2001 11:48 PM
|In my experience, the settlement in no way can compensate for what a person may have to go through. I'd give double my settlement to be able to get through a whole day without pain, and to be able to run. Money can't buy everything, but it's all we can get for an injury. They can't restore a body.|
|re: I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)||Andrew|
Nov 10, 2001 9:44 AM
|Well, actually I didn't milk the system at all. The lady who hit me got caught in a lie. My lawyer worked with my doctors and the insurance company to get that settlement. I had nothing to do with it (other than flying over her car) because I have been doped up on pain medications and pretty much out of it for the past few weeks.
I was not expecting even a fraction of that money. Apparently it was so large because I will have to have several more surgeries on my wrist, and I am going to permanently lose some of the mobility as well. I told the lawyer not to go for their throat. I just wanted what was considered fair.
|re: ditto the sentiments...||Akirasho|
Nov 10, 2001 3:05 AM
|Glad you're back and on the mend...
Wishing you a speedy recovery...
Note to other user's of this forum:
This is not the recommended way of getting your Colnago...
Remain In Light.
Nov 10, 2001 8:52 AM
|Sounds like you found the perfect physical therapist. Also sounds you had some good lawyers. Welcome back, the crash will be in the back of your mind for sometime I'm afraid, but you will become a better cyclist because of it. Also sounds like a heck of a hard way to get a C-40, but enjoy!|
Nov 10, 2001 11:44 AM
|...on meeting your goal of 3000 miles. I know how you feel to get back on the bike after an injury...elated!! Although 200,000 sounds like a lot of money, the pain and suffering that resulted and the injuries that will follow you throughout your life will make the 200k seem like you were not compensated enough. But, by the same token, being able to pay off the house, new cars, etc. probably feels pretty good. By the way, what lie did the lady who hit you get caught telling?|
|Congrats - nm||MJ|
Nov 10, 2001 3:20 PM
|re: I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)||CT1|
Nov 10, 2001 5:00 PM
|Congrats and do you still have a link to your original post indicating what happened to you??
Nov 10, 2001 9:25 PM
|From the sounds of that report you are lucky to even be here.
Congrats of surviving this aweful accident and GOOD LUCK on the recovery!
Keep us all informed of your progress too.
Nov 10, 2001 5:10 PM
|I'm glad to hear you're back on the back and well along on the road to recovery. It sounds like you're being care for well. Getting an insurance company to agree to cover medical expenses for that period of time is a real coup. Thanks for the update.|| |