Support for firefighter who was forced to give up his career after road traffic accident

Mr Cresswell was driving in Brinkworth, Wootton Bassett, in August 2010 when another vehicle unexpectedly crossed his path and caused a head-on collision.

His injuries included soft tissue damage and serious psychological trauma

As a result of his accident, the 51-year-old sustained a number of serious injuries including soft tissue damage to his chest, abdomen, right side of his neck, right knee and thoracic and lumbar spine. But it was the psychological trauma of the accident, including acute claustrophobia that eventually affected Mr Cresswell’s role in the fire service and subsequently resulted in his early retirement.

“It’s part of a firefighter’s job to undertake regular training exercises in confined spaces such as smoke-filled tunnels and cars submerged in water. Claustrophobia made it impossible for me to use breathing apparatus.”

Minster Law helped ensure Mr Cresswell’s future financial stability

Mr Cresswell’s early retirement caused some financial stress and it was initially unclear whether he would be able to receive his full pension. However, Minster Law helped to obtain compensation for his loss of earnings, enabling him and his family to live comfortably and with peace of mind.

Mr Cresswell’s therapy needs were also taken care of

Mr Cresswell’s physical and psychological issues required significant treatment, so Minster Law arranged physiotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) sessions. Although Mr Cresswell still lives with the psychological repercussions of his accident, he credits Minster Law for helping to support him during his journey through recovery.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in my case for both the financial and physical support during my recovery process.”