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Mark Bates – This is my story

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

Mark was returning home from work.

Mark was riding his motorbike home from a job site when he was t-boned at an intersection by a four-wheel drive. Thrown from his motorbike, witnesses ran to Mark’s aid as he lay screaming on the bitumen in pain.

With bones protruding from his leg, 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 Mark received news that would change his life forever.

Motorbike accident

There were complications following his surgery.

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

Losing a limb changed Mark’s life instantly. After rehabilitation and physiotherapy, Mark learnt to walk on a prosthetic leg. But Mark says you don’t realise how much you rely on your legs until you lose one. It’s the little things, the everyday things that he finds difficult.

Mark’s mental health also suffered. He has anxiety and depression, and continues to experience flash backs and panic attacks. But Mark knows he is lucky to be alive, and with the help of Shine Lawyers, Mark is getting the assistance he needs to plan a new life.

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 will need 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 Mark’s legal team are fighting to ensure he 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 bad 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.

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

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