Injured South Yorkshire dad launches legal action after his life ‘turned upside down’ by accident

James Finney, 42, from Harthill in hospital after the accident in Finningley
James Finney, 42, from Harthill in hospital after the accident in Finningley
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An HGV driver had his life ‘turned upside down’ after he was hit by a van while making a delivery.

James Finney, aged 42, from Harthill, Rotherham, was delivering wooden sleepers to the Station Hotel in Finningley, Doncaster, in April when he was struck.

James Finney, 42, from Harthill before the accident in Finningley

James Finney, 42, from Harthill before the accident in Finningley

The father-of-three was at the back of his truck, lowering the tail lift, when he stopped to help guide the van driver into the hotel’s car park.

When he turned back to what he was doing, the van hit him. He was pinned to the back of his truck and dragged along the tail-lift.

He suffered significant injuries to his back, ribs and leg, as well as serious internal abdominal injuries and spent 11 days in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

He underwent two operations to remove part of his bowel and appendix and has been unable to work since.

James, who was a keen motorcyclist and fitness fanatic before the accident, has now instructed lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate and to secure specialist support and rehabilitation to aid his recovery.

He said: “This incident has had a huge impact on my life as I can no longer do the things I have always enjoyed. I loved to keep fit and take part in charity walks, but I know that for the time-being those activities are a distant memory for me.

“My injuries and the time I spent in hospital have also affected my family, my working life and my enjoyment of simple things like food, as I can no longer eat the things I used to due to the internal injuries I suffered.

“It has completely turned my life upside down.

“I hope by speaking out it makes drivers think carefully about how they drive in future.”

The van driver was fined and given seven penalty points.

Ian Whittaker, an expert serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who is representing James, said: “This incident has had a huge impact on James and his family. The injuries he suffered were very serious and he continues to suffer with pain as a result of the incident.

“We are now working to secure James, who has been unable to work since April, funds that will cover his lost earnings and ensure he is able to access the help and support he needs as he continues his rehabilitation after this horrendous ordeal.

“Sadly, we see a number of cases like James’ where vulnerable road users are involved in collisions with vehicles and know just how serious the consequences of these incidents can be. James suffered terrible injuries in this incident and we would urge all road users to take their responsibilities for safety very seriously.”