A man who was left in a wheelchair facing a two to five year recovery after being crushed by a lorry as he cycled through London has said more support is needed for injured riders and their families.
Concerns about the safety aspects of cycling on London’s busy roads came under scrutiny after Dag Lindberg was hit by a lorry as he cycled to a modelling casting on a ‘Boris Bike’.
Mr Lindberg, who is in his early 20s, was at the junction of Gray’s Inn Road and Theobald’s Road near Chancery Lane on 19 April, when a lorry turned and crashed into him.
Describing his extensive injuries, he said: “I got the last two back wheels over my body, crushing my hip and my pelvis, and I also had 14 ribs broken and collar bone broken, two bones in my neck broken and internal bleedings on my spleen and on my liver.”
Mr Lindberg’s girlfriend, Valeria Vereau, was told by medical staff to prepare for the worst as he underwent a series of operations.
She said: “They said that he was severely injured and that he had a minimal capacity of survival, basically that he would most likely not make it because of all the internal injuries he had.
“It was like living a nightmare that you don’t seem able to wake up from. It’s just devastating watching someone you love on the borderline.”
The road to recovery
Mr Lindberg made a miraculous recovery after a two-month stay in hospital, but he remains in a wheelchair and could have to wait up to five years before his body fully recovers from the incident.
The lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury through dangerous driving.
A TfL spokesman said at the time: “Serious incidents involving Barclays Cycle Hire bikes are thankfully extremely rare and we will assist the Metropolitan Police and the local highway authority with their investigation into this incident.”
Ms Vereau, who said she was working “triply” hard to ensure the couple had enough money to get by, called for further support for families caring for injured cyclists.
She said: “To handle everything and figuring out everything on your own when you’re in such a state it’s quite stressful.”
Mr Lindberg says he relies “entirely” on Ms Vereau at home, who helps him move around, shower and eat meals.
He said: “In my frustration I actually wrote two emails to the Mayor of London and he kindly replied that he can’t help, so I’m just thinking if he can’t then who can?”
Getting help and support
Regaining as much independence as possible following serious injury requires a great deal of help and support. In addition to an already stressful situation, the financial impact can be enormous. Obtaining expert legal representation is crucial – a specialist law firm will fight to get you the treatment and rehabilitation you require during the recovery phase, as well as support for family members.