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Mark Bates - This is my story

An electrician by trade, Mark was the breadwinner for his wife and daughter. A fit and active 43-year-old, he enjoyed riding motorbikes, particularly his Yamaha Road Star.

Mark was returning home from a regular day at work.

He was riding his motorbike home from a job site when he was t-boned at an intersection by a four-wheel drive. Mark was thrown from his motorbike. Witnesses ran to his aid as he lay on the bitumen.

Mark was rushed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for surgery. Doctors inserted pins into his foot and ankle, and Mark thought his leg was going to be okay. But then he received news that would change his life forever.

Motorbike accident

There were complications following his surgery.

Two days after the operation, Mark learned that blood wasn’t flowing down his leg. His leg had to be amputated below the knee.

Losing a limb changed Mark’s life. After rehabilitation and physiotherapy, he learnt to walk on a prosthetic leg. But it wasn't until he lost a leg that he appreciated how much he relied upon it. The little things, the everyday things, became the most challenging.

Mark’s mental health also suffered. He now has anxiety and depression, and continues to experience flashbacks and panic attacks. But Mark knows he is lucky to be alive.

With the help of his lawyer, Mark is working to secure the financial support he needs to move forward with his life.

With a $20,000 prosthetic leg that needs replacing every 7 years, and unable to work the same number of hours he once could, Mark was concerned about the impact the accident would have on his family financially. But his legal team are fighting to ensure Mark has the compensation he needs to afford a prosthetic for the rest of his life.

Mark is using his experiences to help share the road safety message.

Mark joined Shine Lawyers Road Safety Campaign to raise awareness about how dangerous motorcycle accidents can be.

The size of a motorbike means drivers sometimes fail to take notice, so Mark urges other drivers to be considerate of motorcyclists. By sharing his story, Mark hopes that drivers will pay more attention to other road users, and that accidents such as his will be prevented.

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Written by Shine Lawyers on January 8, 2018. Last modified: September 6, 2018.

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